July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. We believe that TRAFFICKING CANNOT BE TOLERATED. I'm sure you are reading this because you too believe the same. Note the date on your calendars and follow us on Instagram @Purnataorg to learn more about human trafficking and practical ways you can stand against trafficking. We'll share them with you on July 30th and the week ahead of that! In the meantime, let's understand the significance of this day TODAY!
This year the UNODC slogan for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is "Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind".
From its inception, Purnata has been working to end trafficking one person (women, youth, children) at a time and ensuring we leave no one behind.
“Leave no one behind” is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the context of trafficking in persons, leaving people behind means:
✔️ Failing to end the exploitation of trafficking victims,
✔️ Failing to support victim-survivors once they are free from their traffickers, and
✔️ Leaving identifiable groups vulnerable to traffickers.
We are at the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 SGD Agenda and so it is crucial to raise awareness and reinforce global commitments to eliminate trafficking in persons as specifically mentioned in SDG 5, 8 and 16.
To end human trafficking, Purnata has developed a comprehensive prevention strategy that covers source, transit and destination. Our perceived outcomes from its inception has been:
✔️ Reduce vulnerability of potential victims of trafficking in source communities.
✔️ Increase risk to traffickers on transit routes.
✔️ Reduce demand for trafficked goods and services in destination communities.
We have been implementing this strategy within the limits of available funding and staffing and in the last nine years, made significant progress.
We cannot allow this crime to be met with increasing indifference and impunity. We must strengthen resilience against exploitation and the underlying socio-economic and cultural issues that are conducive to trafficking. We must sensitise everyone to the topic of human trafficking and thus push attention towards those who can make a difference in terms of changing policy and national resource management to strengthen prevention measures, improve identification of victims, increase support of survivors and end impunity.
The COVID-19 pandemic also changed the characteristics of trafficking, pushing it further underground and potentially increasing the dangers to victims by making the crime less likely to come to the attention of the authorities. In fact, 41% of victims who manage to escape their ordeal reach out to the authorities on their own initiative – another clear sign that anti-trafficking responses are falling short.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
What can you do to celebrate the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons?
Be aware - learn and know about the reality of Human Trafficking. Purnata constantly updates its Facebook page and regularly sends out Newsletters that bring awareness on the issue with stories of change.
Be alert - If you see something, say/do something. Reach out to us and inform us if needed and we will gladly help.
Be responsible - Make sure your consumer choices and actions are ethical ones. Pledge to not purchase goods and services that directly or indirectly are linked to sexual exploitation, forced labour or other forms of exploitative practices.
Be available - Start a Purnata – end trafficking chapter. Volunteer with Purnata or other agencies fighting trafficking where you are. Pray with and for us as it's an evil that needs to be eradicated.
Be generous - Donate and support the work of PURNATA. A monthly contribution will help us plan and execute our programs in a more sustainable manner. Ask us how else you can help.
Be an advocate - If you're in a place of influence, use that to leverage your contacts to bring awareness and champion the cause of Human Trafficking. Ask us for ideas or partner with us.
Today – decide to partner with Purnata in its fight and together end human trafficking in our lifetime!
When people ACT things change
Yours for a traffick-free world
SHE IS NOT A COMMODITY
If SHE had the money to study,
She could have been your classmate,
Perhaps your college topper.
If she had a home like yours’ or parents like you do,
She could have been your sister, or perhaps,
Your best friend.
But she had neither a good home nor the money,
She was promised both…..but…..
Was made to sell her body…..
This was not what she dreamt of !!!!