Valletta’s Triton Fountain, Mdina, Portes des Bombes are some of the local landmarks which will be lit up in blue for the coming weeks, and here is exactly why this is happening, not just in Malta, but all over the world!
Il-ħidma kontra t-traffikar tal-persuni mhux se tieqaf hawn.
Malta has this year partnered up with the United Nations in its Blue Heart Campaign. The Blue Heart Campaign, which Malta officially joined on the 23rd of July, is an international awareness campaign intended to enhance global efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking and its impact on society.
The Blue Heart is increasingly recognised as the symbol against human trafficking representing, on the one hand, the sadness of the trafficked, and on the other the cold heart of the traffickers.
Through this partnership, Malta will make its first symbolic contribution of €10,000 to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), besides a number of local initiatives aimed at raising awareness of this social scourge.
According to the UNODC, lockdowns, travel restrictions, lack of resources, and other measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 are increasing the risk for victims of trafficking, such as women and children, to be trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation as well as for the recruitment of child soldiers, while organised criminal networks continue to take advantage of this situation.