It is critical that we invest in prevention through working with young people to eradicate those things which make them vulnerable to exploitation. It is also vital that we work to stop them becoming exploiters and stem the tide of cultural demand which views exploitation as acceptable.
Europe is at the centre of a global epidemic in the buying and selling of people, and Greece due to it being a centre for demand and for the movement of people is at its heart.
Greece’s overwhelmed borders are the perfect environment for the trafficking of adults and children. Its established sex industry, now full of migrants are heaving with Trafficking victims of all ages. Greece’s economic collapse now places it closely alongside other poor east European countries, which have supplied the worlds brothels and demand for free labour in the last two decades.
This magazine enables is to go on a sustained journey with a rising generation of young Greeks with the incredible privilege of helping shape their worldview.
Zero Tolerance magazine will:
Reduce the likelihood of Greek children becoming future victims of Trafficking at home and abroad due to economic poverty.
Seek to break the culture of silence for children experiencing sex abuse in institutions and families through sustained campaigning and highlighting existing helplines and services.
Inspire and invest in social entrepreneurs who will continue to contribute to Greek stability and social change.
We have produced the first of three Zero Tolerance editions to go into schools in 2015 and are currently seeking funding to print the first 5000 copies of these.
Human Trafficking is a global issue and Greece is facing the challenge of how to address exploitation across its own towns and cities. A vital part of seeing victims released is the general public being made aware and reporting. Engaging a generation of young people to identify and understand exploitation will also help develop a culture where exploitation is not tolerated or ignored. Gaz and Cross Border Initiatives are making a significant contribution to youth engagement on these matters through its magazine.Hercules Moskoff,
National Greek Rapporteur to the EU on Human Trafficking