World Day against Trafficking in Persons aims to raise awareness of the situation of men, women and children who have fallen victim to human trafficking, and to promote and protect their rights. United Nations Member States, international organizations, and civil society are encouraged to organize appropriate events that highlight the main issues of trafficking in persons.
Human trafficking is the trade of human persons; international conventions condemn it as a grave violation of human rights. The purposes of trafficking in humans include, but are not limited to, sexual slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, servitude, forced marriage, removal of organs. Trade in people can occur both within a victim's country of origin and beyond.
At any given time, about 2.5 million people are affected by human trafficking. Almost every country in the world is involved in trafficking, whether as a country of origin, destination or transit for human trade victims.
The Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking highlights this important issue. The logo in shape of a blue heart stands for the sorrow of the victims and the coldness of the offenders.
Good Shepherd communities and organisations throughout Asia Pacific mark this special day in different ways.