This video campaign by Stop the Traffikk demonstrates the power of creative activism. Getting people to stop and think about a hidden crime such as human trafficking is an achievement. Hopefully this turns into action against trafficking.
United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (1):‘[T]he recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.’
It is estimated that 600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. Up to 50% are children. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2007) Further reading on human trafficking from the World Health Organastions is informative and also raises the point that girls and women are targeted more than men making human trafficking a gendered crime. Amnesty International has fantastic educational resources on modern slavery as does stop the traffik.
People are worth more than this. Take action and join Stop the Traffikk.