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On 30 July 2018, UNPA will issue a special event sheet on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness about Human Trafficking.

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or deception to gain power over people with the aim of exploiting them. Human trafficking is a crime that hurts women, children and men for numerous purposes, including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking victims in the world.

Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 percent of human trafficking victims, the report states.

The challenge for all countries, rich and poor, is to target the criminals who exploit desperate people and to protect and assist victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships in their bid for a better life.

The Blue Heart Campaign is a global awareness raising initiative to fight human trafficking and its impact on society. It seeks to encourage involvement from governments, civil society, the corporate sector and individuals alike, to inspire action and help prevent this heinous crime.

For more information about the Blue Heart Campaign through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, please visit

The sheet in the denomination of € 0.80 contains ten stamps with the United Nations emblem. Customers with standing order requirements for Vienna special personalized stamp sheets (art. 94) will automatically receive this item through their accounts.

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