A new GIFT box was launched in Brazil, on Monday 25th July at Galeão International Airport, Rio de Janeiro. This coincides with the World Week against Trafficking in Persons, as well as the week leading up to the beginning of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It was launched by Stop The Traffik Brazil in affiliation by 27 Million in partnership with the Brazilian State Secretary of Social Assistance and Human Rights, the Public Ministry of Work, COETRAE (State Commission for the Eradication of Slave Labour), and was attended by members of the Brazilian state. Other guests came from Mexico, including a representative of the Mexican National Commission of Human Rights. Volunteers from Brazil, California and the UK (from Tearfund, a partner of 27 Million) were also present. The opening was a success, attracting substantial attention from both visitors passing through the airport, as well as local media.
The GIFT box is a walk in street-sculpture which on the outside appears to be an elaborately wrapped gift inviting visitors inside with gift tags promising jobs and opportunities. Once inside, visitors are faced with a different reality; stories from survivors of human trafficking around the world who were lured in by such promises. This unique project raises awareness of human trafficking by inviting visitors in to read stories and talk to volunteers, but is also a valuable opportunity to gather information on the issue from visitors who may have seen something they suspect to be trafficking, or who may be victims of trafficking themselves, particularly in the context of an airport.
Stop the Traffik and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) joined to create the GIFT box in 2012. It was launched in London during the 2012 Olympic Games, and has been developed globally since then. It has already taken place in various locations in Brazil, including Rio, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Goiania. These editions of the GIFT box saw thousands of visitors, including people who had experienced human trafficking personally. Rio 2016 is a prime opportunity to reach more people and to generate more engagement with the issue, since the eyes of the world are on the city, and many people from all over Brazil and the rest of the world will flood there for the Olympic events. This edition of GIFT box will run throughout the week at the airport, before moving into the city centre for the Olympics themselves.
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