Border Closures Heighten Fear Refugees May Use Adriatic Connection

5328D6B8-5464-4F27-A898-59232F7D6AB7_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy10_cw0{VOA News/Rome} — Rights groups and organized crime experts are expressing rising alarm at the prospect of Syrian and Iraqi war refugees — many of them women and children — heading into Albania from Greece, now that the main Balkans route into Europe has been blocked by a series of border closures.

The move would lead refugees to use people smugglers linked to the Albanian mafia, an extremely violent organized crime network. In the 1990s, in the aftermath of the long-running Balkans war, Europe’s police forces considered the Albanian mafia to be a dominant player in the sex trafficking of women on the continent. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.