Greece is sought after destination and transit country for human trafficking and, therefore, thousands of people are trafficked yearly across Greek borders. The dominant form of trafficking in Greece comprises the recruitment of the person into prostitution, especially with women. The sex trafficking and the exploitation of women for forced prostitution into Greece is a severe issue and a human rights violation.
Its geographical location positioned as an entryway country into the EU has attracted many criminal networks engaged in trafficking. In 2004, the Greek government created a plan to suppress trafficking. Some of the actions included prevention, prosecution and protection.
Regardless of the development of anti-trafficking initiatives and laws Greece has unsuccessfully failed in providing solutions to address the trafficking problems. There is still a visible lack of awareness of the exploitation issue as well as a lack of laws and programs that combat trafficking, penalize traffickers and protect the victims.