Competing for your attention during the Olympics…

Walking through the streets of London, you can almost taste the Olympic excitement in the air!

But as athletes and spectators prepare for this historical event, other men, women and children are being coerced into coming to the UK on the promise of a brighter future, only to find themselves trafficked into exploitation.

It is our collective responsibility to use the Games as a platform to alert the world to the reality of this tragic crime; to inspire the millions of visitors gathered in London over the coming weeks- residents from thousands of communities all over the globe – to become aware of the problem and take action to stop human trafficking.

And so, after months of preparation, in collaboration with the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), and with the help of over 300 dedicated volunteers, we are proud to be launching GIFT box!

The GIFT boxes are pieces of street art that members of the public can explore to learn more about human trafficking and how to tackle it.

The GIFT boxes will be moving around the capital to various locations. You can track their whereabouts on the GIFT box map: http://ungiftbox.org/boxes

We’re also excited that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will reportedly be carrying the Olympic torch today during the final leg of its relay in London, passing our GIFT boxes at Westminster Abbey and St Mary’s church on Upper Street!

Come and find a GIFT box and talk to us about how we can stop human trafficking together.

Have you seen a box? Tell us about your experience at http://ungiftbox.org/experiences/add

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Volunteer with STOP THE TRAFFIK at the Olympics!


VOLUNTEER AT THE OLYMPICS

Olympic fever is officially underway…

Up and down the country emails are flooding into inboxes delivering the exciting news: “You have been selected to be a torch-bearer during next year’s Olympic Games!”

Excitingly, STOP THE TRAFFIK’s trustee, Duncan Parker, is one of the deserving (and incredibly lucky) 8,000 who will carry the Olympic Flame. CONGRATULATIONS!

For those of you who sadly missed out on the opportunity to run through the streets with a burning  pole above your head,  never fear,  there is another way you can be part of the Olympics…
VOLUNTEER AT A GIFT BOX.

What is the GIFT box?

The GIFT box project will use the opporunity that the Olympic Games offers to raise awareness about human trafficking and to  inspire the Games’ thousands of visitors to take action.

The GIFT box is a public art installation that is exactly what it says on the tin; it’s  a HUGE box in the shape of a present. The boxes will be strategically placed in and around London and the Olympic sites next summer.

Members of the public will be able to go inside the GIFT box and will be enticed to do so by invitations on the outside of the box (this represents the way in which victims of trafficking are often deceived and tricked into exploitative situations). Once inside the box, visitors will learn about the harsh reality of human trafficking and read some real cases studies.

The GIFT box will empower people to become advocates for change to end trafficking in their own local communities.

How can you get involved?

STOP THE TRAFFIK are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at a GIFT box during the Olympics. Your role would be to interact and engage with the public, to explain what the GIFT box project is all about and to encourage visitors to take action after their visit.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of the buzz of the Olympic Games whilst also doing some invaluable anti-trafficking campaiging.

For more information about the GIFT box visit www.ungiftbox.org

OR email Jantine Werdmüller von Elgg, Project Coordinator GIFT box at STOP THE TRAFFIK at:

jantine.werdmuller@stopthetraffik.org / 0207 921 4258