Il­le­gal mi­grant smug­glers us­ing teens as driv­ers

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Mi­nors as young as 15 years old are in­creas­ingly be­ing used by smug­glers to trans­port un­doc­u­mented mi­grants cross­ing into Greece through its north­east­ern bor­der with Turkey at Evros, Kathimerini has found, trac­ing at least four ar­rests in the past two months of mi­nors work­ing as driv­ers for hu­man traf­fick­ers.

Po­lice sources, mean­while, ex­plain that traf­fick­ers pay young teens to drive cars packed with un­doc­u­mented mi­grants be­cause if they are stopped by po­lice they will re­ceive more le­nient treat­ment.

The same sources how­ever warn that this is prac­tice not only en­dan­gers the teenagers’ lives but also those of their pas­sen­gers and other mo­torists, as they tend to have poor driv­ing skills and lack the where­with­all to re­main calm in the case of a po­lice chase.

The town of Corinth wel­comed a new foot­bridge over the week­end that crosses an in­let and con­nects the port to the beach in Kalamia. Of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated on Fri­day, the foot­bridge al­lows res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to walk the length of the coast.

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