Sports help human trafficking victims—UN

16.10.2009 21:56

First Posted 08:26:00 10/15/2009


MANILA, Philippines—Sports can play a significant role in helping victims of human trafficking overcome their trauma, a senior United Nations official said.

Wilfried Lemke, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, made the statement, released by the UN office in Manila, while attending the Third African Union sports ministers conference in Abuja, Nigeria.

“Physical activity and play, if taught and conducted properly, can serve as a very valuable method for rehabilitation and social reintegration into society,” he said.

“Sports can also help traumatized children to forget the misery they went through as victims of ruthless traffickers,” Lemke said on a visit with UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) representative Dagmar Thomas to the housing and shelter facilities of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (Naptip).

Lemke welcomed the joint efforts of Naptip and the international community to combat human trafficking in Nigeria.

He also underlined the dangers of exploitation of young athletes in regions throughout the world and expressed support for “the valuable work” of governments and organizations that combat such exploitation, citing the Association Culture Foot Solidaire that aims to protect young footballers from trafficking and exploitation.


Debbie Marulanda


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Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.

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These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:

Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.

Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.

Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.

Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.

Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.


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