EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2013
Red Cross National Societies team up to raise awareness on Trafficking in Human Beings in the Balkans
On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2013, the Red Cross National Societies of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia are launching the joint transnational campaign "Red Bell” to raise awareness among the general public of the phenomena and risks of Trafficking in Human Beings. The Campaign focuses particularly on raising awareness of both potential victims and consumers.
The Red Bell logo was adopted as a symbol of breaking the silence on issues relating to trafficking in Human Beings and speaking out to free victims from this modern form of slavery. With this Campaign, Red Cross National Societies are ringing an alarm bell to ensure real respect for Human Rights and that victims are protected.
In each of the campaign’s countries, Red Cross National Societies are organising events, activities and actions to reach out to different audiences and as many people and as possible. Red Cross volunteers throughout these countries are active, circulating campaign materials and raising public awareness of the potential victims, possible consumers and front-line responders.
The Croatian, Montenegro and Serbian Red Crosses have developed labels and other visible ways to identify safe public places where children and potential trafficking victims can come and ask for help whenever they need to. Labels are placed on specific locations (shop counters, shop windows, information desks, etc.) in cooperation with shopping malls, chain stores and railways.
The Croatian Red Cross has also organised a photo contest inviting high school children, Red Cross youth volunteers, students and amateur photographers to illustrate, in their own way, the issue of Trafficking in Human Beings. The best photos will be presented during an exhibition gathering representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the national Teacher Training Agency, the Governmental Office for Human Rights and other stakeholders.
Throughout the month of October, the Croatian Red Cross has also organised workshops for children and young people in schools, as well as the screening, on 18 October, of movies showing different types of exploitation.
The Croatian Red Cross Facebook profile provides more information about activities in link with the Red Bell campaign.
The Bosnian Red Cross has developed a number of campaign materials such as posters, leaflets, T-shirts and pencils, which are being used by volunteers to disseminate the messages of the campaign and raise awareness in schools. Several fake advertisements were created to show how job advertisements or work opportunities are sometimes used as a way to lure victims into Human trafficking networks.
A theatre play, as well as the screening of a movie, are have also been organised by the Bosnian Red Cross with the participation of Government representatives and diplomats.
The Bosnian Red Cross Facebook profile provides more information about activities in link with the Red Bell campaign.
The Montenegro Red Cross has organised presentations in schools, as well as a movie screening followed by a debate on Human Trafficking issues. Volunteers also disseminated Red Bell campaign materials, including information leaflets on Trafficking in Human Beings in shopping malls.
Visit the website of the Montenegro Red Cross.
Volunteers of the Bosnian Red Cross presenting Red Bell Campaign Materials.
Photo: Bosnian Red Cross
100 local branches of the Red Cross of Serbia participated in the Red Bell campaign, particularly targeting potential trafficking victims. Red Cross volunteers and peer educators reached out to children, youth and other vulnerable groups with preventive messages, specifically targeting orphanages and schools for mentally disabled children.
Visit the website of the Serbian Red Cross.