For the second consecutive year, Itaipu Binacional (Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant) will illuminate the façade of some of its main buildings in blue. The action is a tribute to the Blue Heart campaign, which marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, on 30 in July.
This time, the chosen monuments were the Knowledge Portal of the Federal University of Latin American Integration (Unila), just after the entrance barrier of the plant, and the Visitors Reception Center (CRV). Special lighting began on Tuesday (26) and will remain lit every night until Sunday (31).
The goal of the Blue Heart campaign is to encourage people's participation and serve as inspiration for measures to help end human trafficking. The blue was chosen by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for representing freedom and at the same time, the sadness of the victims.
In addition to human trafficking, the campaign's mission is to prevent and combat work similar to slavery, domestic servitude, organ removal and illegal adoption.
Maria Emília Medeiros de Souza, coordinator of the Program for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (PPCA) from Itaipu, highlights the importance of reporting for crime prevention. "Without the complaint, it is very difficult to identify the traffic," he says. According to the Federal Police, many cases of trafficking end up characterized as disappearance or illegal adoption.
Maria Emília says that a few days ago a young man from Curitiba almost became a victim of trafficking when he believed in a job offer in the United States. Another example occurred a few months ago when a group of 20 workers was removed from the condition analogous to slavery on a farm in Guaraniaçu (PR), municipality to 215 kilometers from Foz do Iguaçu. "Lovers sell a dream. But it's really just a nightmare, "he said.
The campaign will also be publicized through posters, flyers, emails and on social networks. Reporting is easy. Just call the numbers 100 or 180 (Dial Human Rights)
Although police have difficulty typing cases of trafficking, surveys indicate that 24 millions of people are trafficked every year in the world. Crime is considered the third most lucrative illicit activity, moving around $ 32 billion. He loses only for drug and arms trafficking.
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