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“They placed me at the traffic lights, they blackmailed me and I can show you their house, so that you can catch them”

17 March 2010 / 12:03:40  GRReporter
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A 53 years old man and his 39 years old wife are wanted by the Thessaloniki police because they have driven against his will a 60 years old disabled person from Sofia to Thessaloniki. There they forced him to beg and they ware beating him up and taking his money.

“They placed me at the traffic lights, they blackmail me and I can show you their house, so that you can catch them” writes in his diary with many spelling mistake a Bulgarian – beggar. He managed to put it in the hand of a policeman and his cry for help ended with the breaking of network for the traffic of people in Thessaloniki.

As it was discovered Bulgarian gangsters bought at the price of 100 BGN a beggar from Sofia and drove him in Thessaloniki and forced him to beg on the traffic lights. His salvation came when another Bulgarian also a beggar gave by chance the not to a policeman passing by writes the Ta Nea newspaper.

The improbable case started to become known in the last September when the police arrested the crippled Bulgarian and the court sentenced him for few months with the right of revocation. As it became clear he came willingly in Greece where he was living with his wife and their little girl and they were making a living from begging on the traffic lights. He was saving the money for himself without having to account for it to some “pimp”. The man was sharing his “position” at the same place at Konstantinos Karamanlis str. with another Bulgarian at the age of 60 who was also disabled. Only that three gangsters were looking after him, beating him up and taking his money. In order to stop this ugly story the beggar decided to help his 60 years old fellow countryman.

During his arrest in the police he told the Bulgarian interpreter about the drama of the other beggar and asked her to write him a note in Greek with the following text: “I am a very poor Bulgarian, some Bulgarians have taken me out on a traffic light and are taking advantage of me, beating me a lot, I can show you their house so that you can catch them as they are bad people” was written word for word in the ungrammatically written note.

Few days later the Bulgarian gave the note to a policeman and showed him the other beggar. Some time later people from the Organized crime office arrived at the scene and took him in the court where step by step they started to disentangle the case. The beggar said that a Bulgarian couple bought him for 1000BGN from Sofia and took him against his will in Thessalonii. They were holding him locked in an unfinished building, they were making him beg on the traffic lights and were not giving him his papers. One day the hit him and threatened him they will kill him because he had only collected 150 euro.

A 53 years old Bulgarian and his 39 years old wife will sit before the bar with the charge of traffic of people, however they are still missing.

Tags: NewsCrime news traffic of people
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