Greece Among Countries With The Most Slave Labor In Europe

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The European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to exploitation, analysts said on Thursday. As reports, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria are the countries with the most slave labour within the EU.

The risk of slave labour in farming, construction and other sectors rose across the region, with 20 of the EU’s 28 member states scoring worse than in 2016 in an annual global slavery index by British analytics company Verisk Maplecroft.

“The migrant crisis has increased the risk of slavery incidents appearing in company supply chains across Europe,” said Sam Haynes, senior human rights analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.

Globally there are 21 million people in forced labour, including children, in a business worth $150 billion a year, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The index, which assessed incidents of human trafficking or slavery, as well as laws and law enforcement in 198 countries, ranked Romania, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Bulgaria as the countries with the most slave labour within the EU.

All are key entry points for migrants in the region, Verisk Maplecroft said.

Some 115,000 migrants and refugees have reached Europe by sea so far in 2017, with more than 80 percent arriving in Italy, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Many agree to pay large amounts of money for the journey and end up working virtually for free, trapped by debts owed to the agents who brought them across the border, said Alexandra Channer, principal human rights analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.

“Many illegal migrants entering the EU are so in debt to a trafficking gang or unscrupulous agents that they have no hope of paying that cost,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Local authorities are struggling to manage the slavery issue effectively due to the large numbers of arrivals, she added.

Globally, North Korea retained the top spot as having the worst record of slave labour, while, outside the EU, Turkey lost the most ground in the ranking, slipping into the “high risk” category.

India improved the most, jumping from 15 to 49, while Thailand also made significant gains in the fight against slavery, moving up 21 places to 48.

But both countries remained rated as at “extreme risk” with severe abuses reported in construction, brick kilns, garment production, manufacturing, farming, fishing and rubber production, according to the analysis.

Channer said the index aimed at helping businesses identify countries most at risk of slave labour.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation.


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land_of_the_few's picture

No mention of Nepal for some reason?

13th country out of 167.

Also, no sign of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar which definitely do have slavery.

Or, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Uzbekistan, Jordan .....

full global map


NewHugh's picture

Wait a minute!  Does this article DARE to imply that the term slave can refer to non-Blacks???

svayambhu108's picture

Romania in the top, finally my country is good at something.

land_of_the_few's picture

Anyone get the suspicion they are simply highlighting poor countries with a lot of farming that need lots of cheap immigrants to do the heavy farm work, if their own population isn't available?

Greece has more than a few, probably Albanians and others, and they are not the only country, the rich Western countries (including Ireland, UK) use near-as-dammit slave farm labor from former Communist countries.

OverTheHedge's picture

The Albanians have mostly gone home - out-completed by illegal workers from the middle east. I can buy a day's labour from a Bangladeshi for €3.00 per hour, or rounded down to €20 for a 7 hour day (but I would be expected to feed him as well). 

Everyone gets very upset with Greeks for not wanting to do agricultural or labouring work, but at that rate why would you? A family now gets food and cash benefits if out of work, which allegedly totals about €600 a month. A job in a taverna pays about €700 a month, but you would be expected to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for that, with no guarantee of work over the winter. Where is the incentive? 12 hours a day, for a net gain of €100 a month? Makes no sense.

I don't really understand why you would want a slave, when day rates are so low. You have to feed a slave even when it's raining. I expect this is somewhat about prostitution, and holding girls against their will, which is endemic and a whole other thing, and yes, the Romanians are very well represented as organisers when it comes to such things.

Vageling's picture

Good point. I guess forced prostitution can be considered slave labor. Besides it depends per country. You can easliy fetch €1000 a month in some. On your account that is. The EBT thing is unknown here. 

Feed them? These guys manage to stuff themselves with like 6 to 10 in some apartment to save money. They can feed themselves.

WallHoo's picture

Where did you get that 600 euros figure???I cant find it anywhere...


Also albanians have relocated to more lucrative spots where tourism is booming,they are no more the bottom feeders,others(as you said) took that place.


Generally there are no jobs in Greece and you cannot expect from someone with a family to work for 600 uninsured per month for 4 months somewhere far away from theire family,unless they get good money which they dont(obviously since others do it for less)...But apart from that there is no welfare...

Rubicon's picture

Just back from Greece. From what I saw, it is the Greeks who have become the biggest slaves in Greece... and they know it. Cash is king.

asteroids's picture

Bingo, Greeks will stop using the Euro and use dollars or something else. Their slavery will soon end.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Yeah.  It is not slavery if the productive output of a person is only sufficient for subsistence style in-kind wages of room and board.  In Greece they are also free to walk away so they are not slaves.


90 percent of humanity have lived subsistence style for oh....about 100,000 years.  A large part of the turd world still lives that way 


Since unlike slaves they are free to walk away my suggestion is they walk on back to the shithole they came from.  They were not invited to Europe.

Killdo's picture

we live that way in San Francisco as techies.

Google employees can't afford to live in many of the shitholes around Palo Alto etc so they live in their cars. Nobody can afford to buy a place here (and houses are generally of low quality and ugly). Third world is here

One of mybest friends here is a global director of a department of one of th emost famous comapnies in the world (IT) and he can't afford to buy a place in SF. (and when we graduated decades ago - he bought a place and so did I ). 20 or so years later - it's more like slavery. Debt salvery with a lot of spying and fake news thrown in to confuse the sheeple and to keep them fearful and disoriented. 

We are also free to walk among all the dirty homeless drug addicts who are camping all around San Francisco, Venice Beach etc. There are thousands of them. I once saw one of them taking a shit at 11am right in front of the entrance of Twitter HQ. Many parts of the most expensive city in the US (San Francisco) look like I imagine Felluja does. 

I have never seen more dirt-poor homelessanywhere in the world as I do in USSA. Not even close. And I have been to so called 3rd world countries - this is much worse. 

land_of_the_few's picture

I'm getting Romania and Greece sharing 32nd place ranking out of 167, with India at no 4.

Vageling's picture

Was been good at theft not good enough ;) Stealing everything in sight is quite an accomplishment too. Even your wallet ain't safe.  

nmewn's picture

I dunno, I guess its just me. But the way articles/reports/stories are written these days gives me a headache and I lose interest pretty quickly.

There is a difference between slavery (involuntary) and indentured servitude and/or being a "bonded man" (voluntary).

"Many agree to pay large amounts of money for the journey and end up working >>>virtually<<< for free, trapped by debts owed to the agents who brought them across the border, said Alexandra Channer, principal human rights analyst at Verisk Maplecroft."

I understand what is be said here but that isn't my definition of slavery. And I'm not condoning the practice, I'm simply stating a few things that I have observed lately in the way things are presented to the audience.

Then we get into the text of the article, for instance..."Local authorities are struggling to >>>manage<<< the slavery issue effectively due to the large numbers of arrivals, she added."...authorities are "managing"? As in, smoothing the process, coordinating? Why that word? Why not "local authorities are struggling to"...stop or prevent? 

Yet here..."with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to >>>exploitation<<<..." exploitation is a better word than slavery and relays (at least to me) what is really happening.

I began noticing this bit of nonsense again (I have in the past) when I heard "Be aware school is soon going to be starting so motorists will be >>>challenged<<< by school busses on your morning commute." 

I'm like, what the hell are they trying to say? Are the school bus drivers going to be targeting other motorists like some mass, yellow bus with strobe lights demolition derby?

Thanks for indulging me ;-)

Sean7k's picture

The assumption being some of us are "free". We are all slaves, some are better treated than others, but this is dependent on the need for specialized slavery.

If you cannot own property, you are a slave- remember it when you pay your taxes and fees (or else).

Ditto when paid in script by your masters and required to use said script to buy goods in their stores.

Seems immigration restrictions might resolve many of these problems, yet no mention of it in the article. No, it is better to let NGO's provide safe transport across the Mediterranean.

Perhaps if the education system provided training in liberty, free expression and critical thinking skills?

I digress, humanity is too stupid to be anything but slaves- because it isn't as if these ideas are unique in time or space...

land_of_the_few's picture

Depends if you think refugees the from wars and destabilised countries in the Middle East working on farms in Greece are black people or not.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

NO, NO BIAS in this pro-rapefugee article!

ALL acording to plan...nothing to see here, it is just a plan to turn europe into a future race of mongrel Jew-worshippers...

check also:
-KALERGI plan (miscegenation into low IQ brown mongrels) / also Hooton plan
-George Soros leaks on the Merkel plan
-ESI Merkel Plan Compassion and Control
-Kalergi/ Charlemagne Prize BEARERS list
-Soros professional rapefugee smuggler operation

-Barbara divörsity™ Lerner Spectre
"I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive." ~ Barbara Lerner Spectre

"Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit...
The man of the future will be a mongrel.  Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian–Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals."Practical Idealism - by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

Guderian's picture

Grrrraet stats!

When Romania goes from 1 slave to 2 it's a 100% increase.

When Bangladesh goes from 7 mio to 8 mio, it's 'only' ~15% increase.

This piece is such utter garbage!

Anyone with a bit of education (however acquired) about working conditions on the globe can debunk this.

There are millions of slaves in each Black Africa, Arabia and all over Central-, South and East Asia -incl. China- and even thousands in South America.

But sure; "Europe is the problem!"  -Soros BS news at it again.

Fuck off!

Yog Soggoth's picture

This is a political map of the countries deep state would like to liberate right now.

SaudiMail's picture

So globally, 9 out of the top 10 countries for slavery are Islamic countries............  Not sure how to interprut that.

land_of_the_few's picture

If you use other sources you will find India (Hindu) is at no. 4 globally for (real) slavery, and also in the top 10 for slavery are

Cambodia (Buddhist)

DRC (Christian)

CAR - Central African Republic (Christian)

Haiti (Roman Catholic - Christian)

Myanmar (Buddhist)

also, Uzbekistan consistently sits at no. 2 (Sunni Islam, like the Saudis)


Guderian's picture

"DRC (Christian)

CAR - Central African Republic (Christian)

Haiti (Roman Catholic - Christian)"


Please do yoursef a favour and dig an itsy bitsy bit deeper!

 These countries are as far from being Christian as Qatar!

Spiritually and in terms of religion, they are pagans and savages. The lot.

A few of them may attend a Christian service on a sunday. But more because of its entertainment value than religious convictions.


Five Star's picture

It's also the country with essentially the worst economic growth in the 21st century no holds barred.

indygo55's picture

I thought we were all slaves. 

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

I thought we were all slaves.

well: we do not own our bodies, nor the fruits of our minds and labor

BritBob's picture

Greece needs to follow the UK out of the EU, dirvh the Euro and set its own interest rates.

Re Brexit - Hard or soft Brexit the road ahead might be a little bumpy especially when one country (or part of a country in Belgium re the Canada EU deal) can stall negotiations for so long. Spain could act in a similar fashion over Gibraltar and has the cheek to maintain its Gibraltar sovereignty claim. Claim?

Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law:

So it could be a quick hasta luego !

OverTheHedge's picture

Yeah, OK Bob, well done. Falklands, mumble, mumble. (Nice bot, by the way, shame about the content)

About Greece leaving the euro - before the crisis, I would have agreed with you, but now, thanks to all the clever paper-shuffling by the Germans et al, Greece's debt will remain in Euros, but their New Drachma will devalue by half almost instantly. Therefore, Greek debt would in practice double. They can't pay it off now, let alone once the Germans are gunning for them for bringing down the Fourth Reich.


Vageling's picture

Good. You've made your daily rant again. I adviced you to go cry at the UN. Wut... They STILL don't care? Awwwww... Poor you.

You know that this compulsive obsession is bad for you? What are you going to do with your life if this was over? End it? 

Belgium is a non country. It's a wannabe federal state. They actually managed to survive quite well without a federal state. Don't get them. In the end they got worthless guarantees and signed anyway. How the EU rolls. And fuck Canada... Who cares about maple syrup. 

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Right now the United States has about 300 million slaves. Every person who uses dollars in their transactions is forced to pay money to the government and the member banks of the Federal Reserve. That paid money is the incremental price increase caused by an expansion of the money supply, that is inflation. The persons who are hurt the most by this modern day slavery are the poor who have no way to protect themselves from it. But even if you are skilled enough and have the savings in others assets to protect yourself from it, they still nail you with the interest payments on the debt that they (the banks) bought with money created out of thin air. These interest payments are collected through the IRS and an unconstitutional direct tax upon the individual.

Byte Me's picture

It's all BS.. the country with the highest rate HAS to be Luxembourg with 400+ million, since that drunken arsewipe Juncker has enslaved the entire EU citizenry with his fuckwaddery.

Vageling's picture

Then again. The EU is not a nation. They have hostages, errrr... Members ;)

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Nowhere does the article provide any evidence that any person is forced to transfer wealth or labor in an unlawful manner. In contrast, a forced inflation and income tax to the government and the banks upon the individual in the USA is clearly unconstitutional and carried out through the point of a gun.

AG17's picture

These are probably which are accounted. Actual numbers will tell a different story. What about corporate slaves?

land_of_the_few's picture

Interesting point, like negative net disposable income, and so on.

Vigilante's picture

Lemme tell ya what 'slavery'means in the Balkans at least

South Asians (usually) enslaving their newly arrived compatriots.




Vageling's picture

I feel left out. Guess I hide my slaves better =P

France is no risk? I find that hard to believe just like Spain. 

Those slaves from Poland and Czechia do drive fancy cars. Are they good slaves? 

Illegals... Duh! Only thing they can do is slave labor. They get no social welfare. Don't give a shit about them. Go back to the sandbox! 

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Define slavery!


Overworked, overtaxed, underpaid wage slaves in first world countries like the USA come to mind.


Define slave master!


The IRS comes to mind.

zerohedge25's picture

Slavery USA Style:  I bill out at 60 bucks an hour and that = 10,000 bucks a month.
Taxes: 3500
Health insurance for my family: 2000

Rent in Boston: 3000


Aldous Huxley:

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
zerohedge25's picture

Slavery USA Style:  I bill out at 60 bucks an hour and that = 10,000 bucks a month.
Taxes: 3500
Health insurance for my family: 2000

Rent in Boston: 3000


Aldous Huxley:

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
brushhog's picture

Exactly, how is that any different? The migrants agree to work off their debt that makes them "slaves". If they worked, got paid, and then had to pay all their wages back to the owners, then they would be "free". LOL.

Mimir's picture

If you want real information on "forced labour", go to ILO webpages, from where the original data of the above text comes from :

Sudden Debt's picture

I don't know if investing in Greek slaves is such a good idea... their work ethic... 

brushhog's picture

If working off your debts makes you a slave then what do you call every single American on earth? Worse we are working off 20 trillion that we didnt even voluntarily take on. If you voluntarily put yourself in debt, and then have to work to pay it does that make you a slave?? If these people were paid a wage, that wage TAXED, and the remainder went back to their creditors at interest...that would make them "FREE", according to this logic. LOL.

See when you dont pay taxes to the government on your labor or interest to the bankers on your debts you are a "slave" and that is unacceptable.

OliverAnd's picture

Something is wrong here.  In Greece after the refugees are processed they are entitled to free rent at a house and a monthly wage to feed and clothe themselves.  I am sure it is the same in Italy as well.  I guess that isn't enough? Did they want a car, alcohol (I know they are Muslims mostly) and other things?  Some of those refugees have it better than the Greeks or Italians living in their own country.  Because it is not clear whether it is slavery or human trafficking, if it is the later then Germany should allow the refugees to migrate to Germany and other central European nations including Great Britain; afterall it is these nations that started the conflict by sending planes, soldiers and weapons to the region.   Funny is it not though that both Germany and the Netherlands have prostition 'stores' everywhere with illegal employees from various nations working for their daily dose of narcotics yet they are not even mentioned in the article?

what happened's picture

If you want to explore modern day slavery in America look at the foster care and adoption system.  Those children are taken from their families (and of course some are troubled, but some are not) for profit by the state.  Americans now have a 1 in 25 chance of being involved with the Department of Children and Family.  It is more and more like a police state and colludes with the court system to generate cases and kids for cash.  The devastation this system reaps upon children is enormous.  70% of female protitutes have been in foster care, 80% of those on death row have been in foster care, 75% wind up in prison, 25% homeless and 40% on public assistance.  It is a government run system that represents a sure fire way to keep government workers employed.  

The system has also been abused in the adoption realm, with adoption scams and fraud to cover up children who have medical needs.  The government then pushes the costs of the child onto unsuspecting adoptive parents who may not be able or prepared for this burden.  In a sense this is a human trafficking program which mascarades as a government agency.  Senator Nancy Schaefer exposed the human trafficking aspect of this criminal operaation and of course died in a "murder/suicide.  If you are patriots, please read her testimony before congress, that made her many enemies.

what happened's picture

A bill has been introduced by Senator Lindsay Graham that adds Constitutional protections to parents.  It will help prevent the state from grabbing children and destroying the American family.  Not one Democrat has signed onto this bill as a co-sponsor.  I want a better deal for American families.  Families are our strength.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

I'd say Lyndsey loves grabbing children.

CRM114's picture

Note that the amount of slavery is increasing more rapidly in countries with socialist governments.

Slavery is ESSENTIAL to socialism, in practice. The essence of socialism is the that the individual is less important than the State.

Village-idiot's picture

Communism certainly doesn't work without slavery.

The Gulags were what kept many industries going in the USSR. Most automobile parts were made by slave labour.