World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 2020 observed amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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IMPHAL: The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is observed every year on 30th July to raise awareness about the menace of human trafficking and to protect the human rights of the victims by bringing all stakeholders working in the field of Anti-Human Trafficking.

This year, due to the present pandemic, the event could not to be organized physically as done in the past. However, the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur in collaboration with a National level NGO, FXB India Suraksha and with the support of ECPAT Luxembourg observed World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020, by releasing a music video“ Emagi Phiji Marumda” as an Anti-Trafficking awareness tool to reach the general public, Ng. Uttam Singh, Director, Social Welfare informed in a press release.

Apart from depicting the ordeal of the survivors of trafficking, the music video contains  important messages from Mr Ngagom Uttam Singh, Director, Department Social Welfare, Ms. Binobala Nongmeikapam, Deputy Director (Women Programme), Department of Social Welfare, Mr. Thomas Kauffmann , Director, ECPAT Luxembourg, Ms. Mamta Borgoyary, Chief Executive Director, FXB India Suraksha on inter-agency collaboration and the need of awareness to combat the organized form of crime.

The aritstes in the music video are Ms Pushparani Huidrom, Guru Rewben Mashangva, Ms Pinky Saikhom and Mr Sorri Senjam. Lyric for the said song is written by Mr. Sunil Meitei, Project Officer, FXB India Suraksha and Direction for the music video is given by Mr Tarun Wang, Uttam Singh stated.

The music video is released under the banner of Wang Motion Pictures. This music video will be available on the sites of Mami Taibang, YouTube Channel, ISTV, Impact TV, TOM TV and MAMI TV.

It is our collective responsibility to fight the menace of trafficking in person. We should be extra vigilant because Manipur has the potential of being a source, transit and destination of human trafficking. Human traffickers are like foxes in the sheep’s skin. They show you dreams of a bright future but give you only nightmares that will haunt you forever. Let’s be vigilant to protect our loved ones from being trafficked and abused.

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