A look at the smuggling chain, from middlemen and passport counterfeiters to smugglers, and the refugees who use them.
Athens, Greece – Alacan* is a tailor in his mid-50s who runs a small, but busy, shop in central Athens. But when he is not at his sewing machine, he is usually in the back streets of Victoria Square – an area of the Greek capital that is home to many refugees and migrants – running a different kind of business.
For Alacan is also a middleman who facilitates the exchange of documents, passport photos and money between human smugglers and refugees wanting to be smuggled out of Greece. “I know the ways and I know the people,” he explains one afternoon in October.
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