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