Fight Against Human Trafficking – new stamp issue by Brazil Post

August 14th, 2015 received information that Brazil Post is ready to issue a special stamp to raise awareness against human trafficking.

The stamp features, at the bottom base, hands tied in chains, between stylized bars, which come apart, meaning the liberation of human trafficking victims. The blue colors, predomination the stamp, which references the UN – United Nations and its commitment against violence upon personal dignity and values of society.

The symbols of slavery, oppression and vulnerability of the human being to this type of crime reach and pierce the Blue Heart, symbolizing the combat against trafficking, the commitment of institutions and society in defense to those affected physically, morally and psychologically. Above the Heart, birds flying in various directions, representing the hope and freedom gained by the oppressed and justice concerns in combating such a depressing crime.

In the Global Report on Human Trafficking, from 2014, the UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – indicated that, of each three known victims of human trafficking, one is a child, and girls are 2 out of 3 victims, which, together with women, represents 70% of total trafficking. According to UNODC data, human trafficking is one of the most lucrative criminal activities in the world, moving approximately 32 billion dollars per year.

Faced with this, Brazil is committed to address this issue through the Presidential Decree nº 5948/2006, which approved the National Policy to Combat Human Trafficking, a document that reflects the principles proposed by the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons from the perspective of human rights.

Given the crosscutting nature of human trafficking, national policy is guided by strategic and integrated management, which requires the commitment and responsibility of different actors in the areas of human rights, gender, children and adolescents, work, health, education, tourism, among others, and the engagement of civil society and the judicial and legislative branches.