Human Trafficking is the massive worldwide problem that crosses borders. Thousands of men, women and children are trapped in some form of modern-day slavery and end up in the hands of traffickers every year. The victims are then forced into slavery as sex workers, beggars and child soldiers, or as domestic or factory workers. Once people are caught in this network, they lose their rights, identity are misused and abused.
Human trafficking has become an industry with wide range of networks that earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers.
Just last week a coveted British athlete Sir Mohamed „Mo“ Farah, who is a four time Olympic gold medallist, revealed that he was brought to the UK illegally as a nine year old child and forced to work as a domestic servant. The name Mohamed Farah was given to him by those who flew him over from Djibouti. His real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.
The People's Republic of China has for example arbitrarily detained more than one million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in China's far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It is estimated that 100,000 Uyghurs in China may be working in conditions of forced labour following detention in re-education camps. Uyghur workers have reportedly been subjected to exploitative working and abusive living conditions. Many have also reportedly been forcibly transferred to work in factories across China.
Internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients. This year’s theme therefore focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking. However, in the use of technology also lies great opportunity. Future success in eradicating human trafficking will depend on how law enforcement, the criminal justice systems and others can leverage technology in their responses.
THE BLUE HEART AS THE SYMBOL OF THIS DAY
The Blue Heart represents the sadness of those who are trafficked, while reminding us of the cold-heartedness of those who buy and sell fellow human beings.
Crisis situations (for example war in Ukraine) can intensify this problem. Criminals profit from chaos, desperation, and separation of people – particularly women and children - from family members. It’s time to raise awareness, coordinate efforts to fight against the devastating issue and to promote the protection of people’s basic human rights.
LET'S FIGHT TO SAVE THE HUMANITY
VAKOVAKO will soon fight to save the humanity. 100 % of all donations given via our app to „HUMANITY“ area will by transfered to related NGOs. Let’s help them expand their activities together.