Shopkeepers in the city center also reported seeing an improvement but called for a parallel crackdown on the rackets that exploit immigrants. The head of the Athens Traders’ Association, Panagis Karellas, said he hoped the police would continue the campaign “boldly and decisively” and -- in an apparent dig at leftist organizations and parties -- called on authorities to ignore “those seeking political or other gains through ‘humanitarian interventions and complaints,’ projecting their sensitivity at the cost of others, thus demeaning the sense of security, dignity and hopes of the heavily-taxed Greek citizen.”
Police on Tuesday raided 10 illegal brothels in central Athens, arresting 21 people, mostly migrants. Eleven women face deportation. Officers also rounded up 54 suspected prostitutes. Five of the women, four of whom are Greek, tested positive for HIV and face charges.