| Nov 20, 2023
LOOK AGAIN: things are not always as they seem
Campaign launch in Kyiv - Photo:Roman SHalamov
IOM Ukraine launched "LOOK AGAIN" Campaign to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking
Kyiv — On European Day Against Trafficking in People, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ukraine has launched an awareness campaign called "LOOK AGAIN." This campaign's primary goal is to fight against human trafficking and to help people understand the risks that can come with employment opportunities that seem too good to be true.
“Faced with the direct or indirect impact of hostilities, displacement and a weakened economy, the population in Ukraine has become more prone to trafficking and more vulnerable to other forms of exploitation,” said IOM Ukraine’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Marco Chimenton. “Every second Ukrainian is ready to accept at least one risky offer that could lead to human trafficking or exploitation.”
The "LOOK AGAIN" campaign goes beyond making people aware of the issue of human trafficking; it urges people in Ukraine to be careful when they encounter attractive job or housing offers that could lead to exploitation and provides examples of commonly used schemes used by recruiters to lure people into different types of exploitation.
The campaign has strong support from its partners, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, and the Ministry of Justice of Sweden. It was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the All-Ukrainian Coalition of NGOs to Combat Human Trafficking, playing a significant role.
A total of 296 survivors of human trafficking have been supported by IOM Ukraine so far this year, with nearly 20,000 survivors supported since the year 2000. The "LOOK AGAIN" installation will be visible in 21 regions of Ukraine, including places such as train stations, malls, and town squares. Other communication products developed within the campaign will be widely shared.
Awareness leaflets distribution (photo: Shalamov)