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Published on Nov 16, 2009
This Public Service Announcement was produced to coincide with the Vienna Forum on Human Trafficking in February 2008.
It shows an innocent man walking through a typical marketplace. All around him are scenes of slavery. Malnourished workers hungrily eat the scraps of food discarded by their boss; a little boy begging is seized by a trafficker, who steals most of his money; a young girl is sold for sex.
The PSA is being aired on major international TV news channels like CNN, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, and Russia Today. It also aired on the Red Carpet at the Berlin Film Festival. The message is: "Open your eyes to Human Trafficking - a crime that shames us all". Millions of victims are slaves to a criminal industry worth tens of billions of Dollars. It is happening all around us.
UN.GIFT was launched in March 2007 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with a grant made on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. It is managed in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO); the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR); the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).