Human Trafficking Awareness Week and the ongoing fight against Trafficking in Persons

By | 1 October 2009

Pretoria – From 4 – 10 October 2009, South Africa will be organising the Human Trafficking Awareness Week (HTAW). Through collaborative efforts between the Government, civil society, international organisations, the private sector, and various United Nations Agencies, the HTAW brings together stakeholders from across the board in the fight against Trafficking in Persons.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (“Palermo Protocol”). In addition to its existing global programme and efforts and in order to raise awareness around the issue of Trafficking in Persons, UNODC has launched the Blue Heart Campaign, an initiative aimed at inspiring those with decision-making powers to effect change.

As a member of the South African Trafficking in Persons Inter-sectoral Task Team, UNODC Southern Africa supports the HTAW and the overarching efforts of the South African Government in its efforts to eradicate this crime.

Trafficking in Persons has become a global concern affecting all regions in the world, including Southern Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Global Report of Trafficking in Persons in February 2009, UNODC Executive Director Antonio-Maria Costa labelled Trafficking in Persons “modern day slavery”, calling on Governments, private sector, and the public at large to step up the fight against trafficking in persons.

Further to the Office’s work in South Africa, UNODC Southern Africa has established a partnership with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to provide technical assistance to member states in order to strengthen the technical and legal capacity of the national competent authorities in ratifying and implementing the UNTOC.

Media requests with UNODC Southern Africa can be directed to:
Adv. Johan Kruger
National Project Coordinator (SADC): Trafficking in Persons & Violence against Women Programmes
UNODC Southern Africa
T: (+27) 12 342 2424 | E:

Additional materials/information:
Video and audio interviews and public service announcements on Trafficking in Persons are available for download on the UNODC website –

For more information on UNODC’s Blue Heart Campaign, please visit, or click here. Blue Heart PSA’s are available via:

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