IOM Azerbaijan launches public information campaign dedicated to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Baku, July 30, AZERTAC

July 30 marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This year IOM Mission in Azerbaijan has launched a public information campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking dedicated to the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The awareness-raising campaign targets both vulnerable groups and the general public in Azerbaijan in the sense that not only those at immediate risk of trafficking will be targeted with direct preventative messages, but also the general population.

Promotional posters and videos in Azerbaijani and English languages which were posted on the Mission’s social media pages were developed with aim to raise public awareness about trafficking, prevent vulnerable persons from becoming victims of trafficking, and encourage people to report concerns to the specialized police department by advertising the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Helpline number.

Currently, within the campaign, large posters are displayed in the streets of the capital of Azerbaijan, in public places, and on social media pages illustrating different types of human trafficking that pose a threat to society.

The campaign which addresses both sexual and labour exploitation as a prevalent form of modern-day slavery is a part of IOM’s ongoing initiative that aims to support governments, civil society organizations, international organizations, and the private sector to combat human trafficking in Azerbaijan.

IOM works with the Azerbaijani government to help prevent trafficking in persons, prosecute traffickers, and help survivors of trafficking and their families. With USAID funding, IOM supports three civil society shelters in Azerbaijan to help vulnerable women and children, including survivors of domestic violence, exploitation and trafficking in persons.

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