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With a blue heart support the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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30.7.2015 - Today marks the second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons and through the UN’s Blue Heart Campaign people everywhere are being encouraged to help raise awareness and show solidary with victims. The campaign is being spearheaded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which has promoted wearing a blue heart as a sigh of recognition and support. They have also prepared an interactive website, www.endht.org, with useful resources and links for getting involved.

The UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon also showed his support in a statement today, noting that, "every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all."

20015 07 30 World TIP Day Illustration ENAs human trafficking occurs outside of the public eye, its true extent is hidden. It thus requires people, national governments, and international organizations to listen and investigate in order to understand its depth. Taking on this challenge, the UNODC prepares a biennial report on Global Report on Trafficking in Persons and the findings can be shocking.  

The UNODC observes of the victims that, “each year millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, made to undertake demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories across the globe, and find themselves victims of one of the many other forms of abuse such as forced marriage or organ removal.” And commenting on the extent of the problem the report finds that, “with at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination affected by trafficking in persons, and over 510 trafficking flows crisscrossing the world, no country is immune.”

This is truly a global issue and in 2013, the UN General Assembly recognised it as such when it adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. You can help to raise awareness by wearing a blue heart today.

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