WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING PERSONS: JULY 30, 2016

World Day Against Trafficking Persons

On July 30 every year, the United Nations (UN) promotes World Day Against Trafficking Persons. Human trafficking affects every country in the world. At least 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery, according to the UN.

Heart shaped by hands, a symbol of World Day Against Trafficking Persons.
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One in Four are Children

All around the world, men, women and children are kidnapped, tricked, blackmailed, or manipulated into slavery, like prostitution, forced labor, or organ removal. One in four victims are children. More than half of these children are from Africa and the Middle East, and more than one third are from Asia and the Pacific.

The UN launched the Day Against Trafficking Persons for the first time on July 30, 2014, to end human trafficking and raise awareness worldwide.

Support the End to Trafficking

The UN works with goverments and communities to promote the day through different events and activities. The UN has created a social media campaign, called #igivehope, inviting people to post a photo of a heart formed with your hands to express your support to end human trafficking.

What’s Open or Closed?

World Day Against Trafficking Persons is a global observance and not a public holiday so it’s business as usual.

World Day against Trafficking Persons Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Fri Sep 26 2014 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Sat Sep 26 2015 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Mon Sep 26 2016 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Tue Sep 26 2017 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Wed Sep 26 2018 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Thu Sep 26 2019 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance
Sat Sep 26 2020 World Day against Trafficking Persons United Nations observance

 

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