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Top human rights expert advocates begging ban. Claims foreign beggars are victims of human trafficking. Hanne Sophie Greve, President of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) and human rights expert, believes foreign beggars that come to Norway are victims of human trafficking. She’d like to see a ban imposed, claiming authorities passively encourage the human trade by not investigating whether beggars are the victims of coercion or exploitation.

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Top human rights expert advocates begging ban

Published on Thursday, 20th May, 2010 at 12:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Claims foreign beggars are victims of human trafficking.

Romanian beggar, Helsinki (Illus. photo)
Romanian beggar, Helsinki (Illus. photo)
Photo: Anneli Salo/Wikimedia Commons


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Hanne Sophie Greve, President of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) and human rights expert, believes foreign beggars that come to Norway are victims of human trafficking.

She’d like to see a ban imposed, claiming authorities passively encourage the human trade by not investigating whether beggars are the victims of coercion or exploitation.

“We know that large-scale trafficking in conjunction with begging, theft, or a mixture of both, takes place in Romania and neighbouring countries. We also know it’s very brutal, and is a variant of the modern slave trade,” she tells Aftenposten.

Greve goes on to say closing one’s eyes to the problem just makes it worse, especially when it comes to children being forced to go round the streets begging.

“We have information from Romania that Gypsies have been exposed to powerful groups that have forced children and adults out on the streets of Europe, compelling them to beg and steal,” she told Bergens Tidende (BT) at the end of last year.

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Police believe this summer will see an explosion of begging, triggered by the economic crisis in Europe. Bjørn Hansen, chief of Oslo’s Sentrum station, tells Afteposten provisional border reports have indicated this year certainly won’t be better than last.

Trondheim is also experiencing violent confrontations by rival gangs of beggars for the best places in the city.

Greve believes a prohibition against begging is the way to go, and encourages Norwegians to stop giving beggars money when the pass them on the street.

“Criminal groups follow different countries’ laws and regulations closely. They exploit any loopholes they can find. But there’s no reason to travel to a country you can’t afford to live in,” she says.




Published on Thursday, 20th May, 2010 at 12:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hanne, sophie, greve, european, council, human, rights, greta, trafficking, begging, ban, money.





  
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