Bratislava, July 30 (TASR) – Human trafficking represents an egregious violation of human rights and a serious criminal activity committed against women, men and children that leaves victims with permanent consequences and after-effects, the Slovak Catholic Charity (SKCH) warns as part of its project STOP Human Trafficking.
The project features both direct aid to victims and various activities aimed to raise awareness about the issue.
According to SKCH general secretary Erich Hulman, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons should inspire each of us to ponder how this issue impacts us, particularly when the victims are children. “We realise that, aside from dispensing direct aid to the victims and helping their gradual re-integration into society, it is also important to raise awareness about this theme among the public. It’s necessary to do this so that it’s no longer just the victims’ problem but the collective problem of ours,” said Anna Bartosova, the STOP Human Traffic project coordinator. SKCH organises the project also with aid from the Interior Ministry.
On March 27, 2013, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution titled Improving the Coordination of Efforts Against Trafficking in Persons, which designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.