A 52-year-old British tourist is being held by Greek Police following a complaint by a father, in Hersonisos, Crete, who realized that the foreigner was taking pictures of his little girl on the beach.
The minor’s father noticed that the British man was photographing the child while she was playing in the sand and when he approached the tourist the latter rushed to disappear. The man reported the incident to the police who later found the 52-year-old and took him to the police station.
According to information, police found dozens of photographs in his camera, mainly of underage girls playing carefree on the beaches of Crete and the case is being thoroughly investigated.
Crete, along with other Greek islands, suffer from raping incidents and other forms of abuse due to tourists’ excessive drinking.
Malia and Hersonissos, on the popular northern coast of the Greek island, have attracted an increasing number of booze-fuelled package tours, crammed with young people seeking a week away from the constraints of parental control.
A Foreign Office report published last month showed that the number of British citizens arrested in 15 popular foreign resorts between 2006-07 had increased by more than 15% to 4,603, with many cases due to “excessive drinking.”
Britain’s ambassador in Athens recently flew to the island of Zakynthos to reassure local officials cracking down on binge drinking. Meanwhile, the consulate is trying to get across the dangers of bad behavior with a poster campaign.
For the resort towns, the money British tourists spend is offset by the added costs of public policing and the strains on health services caused by alcohol abuse and unsafe sex.
Much of the problem has been blamed on the growing number of cheap flights and the prevalence of “happy hour” deals in bars organized by British tour operators.