When L.E. was 22 she was tricked into travelling to Greece with a human trafficker. When they arrived, the trafficker took away her passport and L.E. was made to work as a prostitute for two years. She was repeatedly prosecuted for breaking prostitution laws and was eventually detained awaiting expulsion. The authorities were then told that she had been the victim of human trafficking.
An investigation began and L.E.’s expulsion was suspended. However, there were significant delays before the prosecutors formally recognised L.E. as being a victim of human trafficking, which meant that she was denied certain protections for nine months.
The prosecutor also failed to start criminal proceedings against the suspected trafficker for five months, despite the authorities having the relevant evidence. After the investigation was started, there were significant shortcomings and delays. Apart from entering the suspect’s name on a register, the police took no real steps to find him and bring him to justice.