06 June, 2006
Greece has been elevated to Tier 2 status from its ranking last year of Tier 2 Watch List in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report released on Monday by the U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, DC, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Embassy in Athens on the same day.
This new designation means that the Government of Greece is making significant efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons, the press release added.
It further stressed that Ambassador Charles Ries noted "I was pleased to be able to inform the Foreign Minister today that Greece has been elevated to Tier Two on the State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report. This is a reflection of Greece's efforts over the past year to address this serious problem. There is more work to be done, however, especially to protect victims and to prosecute traffickers."
According to the report, the press release stated, Greece has increased its capacity to protect and assist victims, has continued to investigate trafficking cases, and has expanded its cooperation with neighboring countries, among other improvements.
Source: Athens News Agency