Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mexico Leads Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign

On Thursday, Mexico initiated a national campaign focused on eradicating human trafficking in the country. The program is a nationally led version of the United Nation’s ‘blue heart’ campaign. As part of Mexico’s launch, more than a dozen emblematic buildings were lit up in blue across Mexico City, in a symbolic act to raise awareness about the Blue Heart campaign.

Human trafficking represents one of the most lucrative means of illegal transaction. More than 2.4 million people are currently being exploited as victims of human trafficking, either for sexual or labor exploitation, or other forms of human servitude.

International leaders applaud Mexico’s initiative to be the first to implement a national campaign on the issue, and Spain is expected be the next country to join the Blue Heart global awareness campaign.

-Michelle Leung

Source: UN News