Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. – United Nations
For this particular reason, the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking was launched in 2010 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It aims to provide direct humanitarian, legal and financial aid to human trafficking victims.
“Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees — and particularly young people, women and children — from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future.” the dear UN Secretary-General cogitated, advocating the fight against human trafficking.
For my part, I took a bolder step and join the Blue Heart campaign earlier this week. I agree with Blue Heart’s statement that human trafficking is a crime that disgraces humanity. Hence, I must deeply understand its root causes and join the crusade to fight end this savage crime.
The Blue Heart Campaign’s goal is to inspire people and mobilize support for action against human trafficking by international organizations, governments, civil society, the private sector and ultimately by individuals.
The Blue Heart also aims to enable citizens to show their support for the cause and to increase understanding of the issue of human trafficking in order to spur coordinated actions to fight the crime. The intention is that the Blue Heart becomes the symbol for human trafficking, similar to the red ribbon, which is the symbol for HIV/AIDS.
Download printable Blue Heart’s leaflet.
Download Blue Heart’s Fact Sheet.
The world needs your blue heart!
Perhaps, you have heard the legendary King of Pop belted-out these lines many times already.
We are the world,
We are the children,
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving…
*notable lyrics of song entitled We are the World by Michael Jackson.
Becoming blue-hearted is simple!
You can be part of the Blue Heart campaign by:
- Joining the Blue Heart Facebook Page and “wearing” the Blue Heart on your Facebook profile.
- Downloading the Blue Heart logo and “wearing” it on your site or awareness-raising materials.
- “Wearing” a link to the campaign on your website and “wearing” the Blue Heart in your newsletters, websites and blogs when you inform about the campaign.
- Making and “wearing” your own Blue Hearts to raise awareness (you can download the specifications from our site).
- Spreading the word about the campaign through your own networks and contacts.
- “Wearing” the Blue Heart when organizing and participating in awareness-raising activities around the world to mark key anti-trafficking-related dates, for example, in Europe to mark the EU anti-trafficking day on 18 October or one of the international days related to slavery, women or children.
- Donating funds or making in-kind contributions to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking.
- Following Blue Heart online. By following you can change your Facebook profile picture to a Blue Heart, stay connected through Twitter or watch videos on human trafficking on YouTube. Get involved and support the Blue Heart Campaign virtually on Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr.
For more information on the Blue Heart Campaign, please contact:
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
PO Box 500, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Literally, the world needs you to wear a blue heart today.
Join me and together we make this world free from modern day slavery!