Maxwell Matewere, a Malawian crime prevention expert with the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has been active in the anti-human trafficking field for more than two decades. Today, he trains officials throughout Malawi to prevent and combat this crime: this year alone, despite COVID-19 restrictions, his work has led to the rescue of around three hundred human trafficking victims and 31 arrests. More
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working hard with partners to stop human trafficking. Named the Global “Blue Heart Campaign” it was recently promoted in Sydney at the International Air Transport Association conference at which the UNODC told the association members they are looking to transportation companies for their help in the fight against human trafficking.
Hear more from Mr Felipe De La Torre from UNODC in this interview.
It is time to end human trafficking a transnational crime happening everywhere. We need everyone to join the Blue Heart Campaign says Gillian Murray, UNODC Deputy Director for the Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs.
She also tells us that “the aviation industry is a key partner in preventing human trafficking by being an additional set of compassionate eyes and ears.” Listen here
For more information on the Blue Heart Campaign
Vientiane (Lao PDR), 30 August 2016 – The synthetic drug market in East and Southeast Asia is continuing to expand, accounting for a large and growing proportion of global methamphetamine production, trafficking and use. Alarmingly, high purity crystal methamphetamine is increasingly available in the region, with seizures up nearly five times over the last 5 years.
In response to the situation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), has organized a regional conference on the synthetic drug market and related national and regional strategies in Vientiane August 30 – 31. Senior-level delegations from countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia, as well as international organizations, partner governments and agencies, are participating. The conference was arranged to coincide with the coming ASEAN Summit in Vientiane which some delegates will also attend for political security community discussions and negotiations.