A look at the smuggling chain, from middlemen and passport counterfeiters to smugglers, and the refugees who use them.
Athens, Greece – Alacan* is a tailor in his mid-50s who runs a small, but busy, shop in central Athens.
But when he is not at his sewing machine, he is usually in the back streets of Victoria Square – an area of the Greek capital that is home to many refugees and migrants – running a different kind of business.
For Alacan is also a middleman who facilitates the exchange of documents, passport photos and money between human smugglers and refugees wanting to be smuggled out of Greece.
“I know the ways and I know the people,” he explains one afternoon in October. Full story here.