WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (A/RES/68/192)
30TH JULY, 2016
THE UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA MODEL UNITED NATIONS invite the general Public to a one day rally aiming at creating awareness on the heinous act of Human Trafficking
BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT
Human trafficking is a crime that strips people of their rights, ruins their dreams, and robs them of their dignity. It is a crime that shames us all. Human trafficking is a global problem and no country is immune. Millions of victims are entrapped and exploited every year in this modern form of slavery. To rally world public opinion against human trafficking, UNODC has launched the Blue Heart Campaign. It is open to all those who want to participate and wear the Blue Heart as a symbol of their support for this campaign.
Consequently, the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
By definition, Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the 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. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EVENT
i. To inspire people and mobilize support for action against human trafficking
ii. 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.