IOM Moldova ran 5 km for the Victims of Human Trafficking
In the first three months of 2018, Moldovan authorities registered 44 cases of trafficking in persons, in which 108 persons suffered, including 22 children. To tackle this and to highlight the Government’s message of zero tolerance against human trafficking, the Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Republic of Moldova together with the International Organization for Migration and the Unites States Embassy in Moldova organized yesterday (June 10) a 5 km marathon.
“Together with my colleagues, we want to say today that IOM Moldova will continue to work together and to support the Moldovan Government in fighting human trafficking. I also want to emphasize that it is important to do everything that is needed for the successful reintegration of the victims,” said Mr. Antonio Polosa, IOM Moldova Chief of Mission.
The marathon stopped the life of the city for a few hours to draw people’s attention to the risks and ways in which Moldovan citizens are tricked and exploited within the country and abroad. Only in 2017, 87 percent of the identified and assisted victims were exploited within the country, for such jobs as framing etc.
The Ministry of Interior Affairs showcased the technical equipment acquired in order to better identify traffickers at the Moldovan border and not only. Moldovan NGOs that work in the field of countertraficking presented their information on the services they provide free of charge to victims and potential victims of trafficking in persons, such as the already well-known hotline (+373 0 800 77777) operated by La Strada Infiormational Centre.
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