Students, social workers, institutions and teachers say NO to Trafficking!
“I’m against Trafficking” is an awareness raising campaign against trafficking in human beings, within the project “ROOT – Integrated actions against trafficking”, funded by the EU’s ISEC Programme; CISS and CESIE produced three spots, that have witnessed to the cooperation and active participation of students, social workers, institutions, school principals and teachers.
Trafficking is a serious violation of human rights and a modern form of slavery!
UN’s Palermo Protocol (signed in December 2000) defines Trafficking in Human Beings as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Most victims of trafficking today come from EU Member states, China and Nigeria. 62% of the victims of trafficking are exploited for sexual purposes and 25% as forced labour victims. Women and children are the most vulnerable.
In order to contrast trafficking we need a change of culture, to reveal the dynamics of commercialisation and release based on the vulnerability of victims linked with the crisis of development models, poverty, demand for cheap labour and sexual services, restrictive migration laws, that constitute the basis of the violation of human rights and of justice. The awareness raising campaign “I’m against trafficking” is a little step towards this shift.
We wish to thank all those that took part in the creation of the spots. In order of appearance:
- Adam Darawsha, President of the Council of Cultures, City of Palermo
- Delia Sumi Aktar, Vice-President of the Council of Cultures, City of Palermo
- Iqtidar Hussain, member of the Council of Cultures, City of Palermo
- Stefano Puvanendrarajuah Edward, member of the Council of Cultures, City of Palermo
- Giusto Catania, City counsellor for Migration, Participation and Decentralisation – City of Palermo
- Margherita Santangelo, Principal of the Volta High School, Palermo
- Maria Luisa Altomonte, Director of the Regional School Bureau of Sicily
- Giuseppe Barbera, professor at the University of Palermo
- Don Enzo Volpe, Santa Chiara centre in Palermo
- Agnese Ciulla, City Counsellor for Social Citizenship – City of Palermo
- Isoke Aikpitanyi, “Casa di Isoke” – Association of victims and former victims of trafficking
- Osariemen Egbon, “Il Pellegrino della Terra” association
- Yodit Abebe Abraha, cultural mediator
- Vivian Wiwoloku, “Il Pellegrino della Terra” association
- Claudio Magnabosco, “The girls of Benin City” project
- Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo
The volunteers and cooperators of CISS and CESIE: Rafaela, Maria, Maja, En, Alisa, Luisa, Bathie, Maya, Ganesh, Jelena, Rosina, Dora, Laurie, Trin, Emanuela, Dario and Alberto.
The pupils of the 4V e 4 W classes of the High School “A. Volta” in Palermo: Salvatore Ribisi, Alessandro Ferrara, Gabriele Di Stefano, Emanuele Di Miceli, Irene Ricupero, Marta Bongiorno, Sabrina Lanzalaco, Valeria Verduci e Caterina Polizzotto.
Slogans for the spots were created during some experiential workshops on Trafficking, organised by Professor Stella Bertuglia during the school year 2013/2014.
We’d like to thank Professor Stella Bertuglia for the contents and Gioacchino Affronti for his technical input.
“I’m against trafficking” – CISS
“I’m against trafficking” – CESIE
“I’m against trafficking” – Volta High School, Palermo
For more information on the ROOT project, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of Directorate General for Home Affairs). This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.