All eyes on Brazil

The Pope isn’t the only long anticipated visitor to have just landed in Brazil, the STOP THE TRAFFIK GIFT box has arrived! 

While the news headlines around the world celebrate the birth of a new British royal, another major event is taking place on the other side of the world.

Yesterday Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Roman Catholic World Youth Day celebrations which started yesterday. WYD is celebrated annually at a local level throughout the world but only every two to three years is an international festival held where the Pope also attends. This week is the 28th World Youth Day and is particularly notable as it also marks the new Pope’s first foreign trip- he even carried his own hand luggage onto his flight earlier this week!

It is estimated that up to two million young people will arrive in Rio for the celebrations over the next week. STOP THE TRAFFIK and our GIFT box Brasil partners have identified this as a unique opportunity to present the GIFT box and educate and empower people with regard to human trafficking.

GIFT box Brasil launched last month and a box has been travelling around central locations related to the Confederations Cup and World Youth Day, including Central do Brasil, the main train station in Rio and Duque de Caxias, a city within the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan area. Next stop for the GIFT box Brasil team is Copacabana, the barrio best known for its famous beach, and where many of the main World Youth Day events are taking place. This presents an amazing opportunity to raise awareness about trafficking and encourage young people to get involved. The interactive nature of the GIFT box and its current prime location in Copacabana means many inquisitive young people will visit to see what is inside and learn, perhaps for the first time, about the issue of human trafficking.

The aim is that the GIFT box will prompt debate and discussions in the general public about the issues surrounding human trafficking that face Brazil. Trafficking happens everywhere and anywhere and GIFT box Brasil hope that the presence of the GIFT box at such a key event will increase prevention and knowledge about the issue. Brazil is hosting many key international events over the next few years with the World Cup next year and the Summer Olympics in 2016 so there are further opportunities for successful awareness raising through GIFT boxes at more events. 

Brazil is a large source, but also transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking both within the country, particularly in resort and coastal areas in Brazil’s northeast, and abroad. It is also a source country for men and children in forced labour within the country, specifically in the agricultural states of the north. A large number of Brazilian women are trafficked into sexual exploitation abroad, often in European countries, but also in the United States, Asia and Brazil’s neighbouring countries.

On the GIFT box Brasil website you find more information in Portuguese including a map of the GIFT box’s locations in Rio: http://giftboxbrasil.blogspot.co.uk/p/onde-estao-as-caixas.html 

If you would like to find out more about the GIFT box project in Brasil or other countries: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/giftbox

You can also ‘like’ GIFT box Brazil’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/movimentogiftboxbrasil

giftbox at Duque de Caxias

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