Ms Evika Siliņa, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior of Latvia supports a campaign "Human trafficking - a crime that is all of our responsibility" initiated by the CBSS TF-THB. "With this t-shirt I am supporting an informative campaign against human trafficking "Human trafficking-a crime that is all of our responsibility". More than 10 000 people are trafficked every year for all kinds of exploitation - sexual, labour exploitation etc.just in Europe. We can`t be blind."
Ms Linda Abu Meri, at the present a Head of "Hotel Roma" in Riga, a Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia in 2009 - 2011, supports a campaign "Human Trafficking - a crime that is all of our responsibility". As a Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Linda Abu Meri in 2003 initiated and provided the elaboration and adoption of the first national anti-trafficking policy planning document encouraging public institutions and NGOs to prevent and fight against trafficking in human beings, identify, protect and support victims of trafficking in human beings and strengthen inter-institutional cooperation.
By wearing this T-shirt Linda Abu Meri acknowledges: "that many counter-trafficking actions and measures are implemented but so far the phenomenon of human trafficking was not possible to eliminate; awareness raising is the most important task to achieve anti-trafficking prevention results. Information about human trafficking, about forms of exploitation to which women, men and children are subjected, how to recognize traffickers, what to do to protect ourselves and others. An informed individual will know how to protect her/himself, and an informed society will be able to address this harm affecting all countries in the world."
Ms Iluta Lace, a Chair of Board of the society "Resource Centre for Women "Marta"". Marta provides state funded social rehabilitation services for victims of trafficking in human beings and victims of domestic violence. Iluta Lace supports a campaign "Human trafficking - a crime that is all of our responsibility".
Iluta Lace highlights the fact that traffickers profit from abusing vulnerabilities of women and children. Centre Marta was the first NGO in Latvia which developed a programme of social rehabilitation services for persons who have suffered from exploitation. Centre Marta stands for interests of victims of trafficking in human beings. Iluta Lace invites everybody to report about suspicious that somebody has suffered from exploitation or is being exploited for the purpose of sexual exploitation, labour exploitation or other form of exploitation.
Ms Lāsma Stabiņa, National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Senior Desk Officer, Sectoral Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior: "Since the year 2000 Latvia has achieved notable counter-trafficking results: there is an anti-trafficking policy document in place, relevant legal acts are developed, severe punishments for trafficking in human beings are provided, training activities for specialists and practitioners are provided, state funded social rehabilitation programme for victims of human trafficking is established, awareness raising and informative activities for the society are being implemented regularly. Despite all these efforts trafficking in human beings exists. As long as demand - for cheap labour, cheap and accessible sexual services, demand for persons who are abused and exploited for the purpose of forced begging, forced criminality and other criminal offences - exists, trafficking in human beings will continue to flourish. Each of us as a consumer of goods and services has to give up stereotypes and assess our own (intentional or unconscious) responsibility for facilitation of trafficking in human beings."
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