Blu’ Resources drive intensifies TIP awareness

– campaign launched by Social Protection Ministry’s C-TIP Unit

– campaign intensifies efforts to ensure message of combatting TIP reaches all communities

– Blu’ Resources launched under slogan ‘Look Out, Speak Up, Take Down, Act against Trafficking In Persons’

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 29, 2018

The Ministry of Social Protection’s Counter-Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) Unit, today launched its Blu’ Resources campaign as a way of intensifying its efforts and ensuring the message of combatting Trafficking in Persons reaches all communities.

Blu’ Resources is launched under the slogan ‘Look Out, Speak Up, Take Down, Act against Trafficking In Persons’. Pamphlets, fliers, pens, t-shirts, key rings, cups, booklets among other items were prepared with the inclusion of the colour blue to help raise awareness and let victims know help is available.

Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, speaking on behalf of Minister Amna Ally, explained even as there is enacted legislation to tackle the scourge of TIP, it is necessary to go further with intensified promotion and awareness.

He added that this recommitted effort by the ministry is significant in combatting modern day slavery.

“In 1838, African slavery was abolished. In recognition of this fact, our nation normally observes and celebrate under the name of emancipation… However, 180 years after emancipation, we are still today engaged in a fight against slavery we call it today, modern slavery,” Minister Scott said.

To this end, the C-TIP unit of the ministry has launched a series of new initiatives and supporting campaigns against TIP.

There has been the training of wardens, foreign affairs officers, geology and mines officers, community policing groups and senior teachers. Tanisha Williams-Corbin, Coordinator of the C-TIP Unit, said that the goal of all these initiatives is to develop a TIP-free society.

“We conducted school awareness drives, civil society awareness campaigns, youth empowerment educational sessions among other. The unit also implemented two new campaigns namely the Building the Bridge campaign which focuses on parents and helping them to understand the consequences of child exploitation and child labour and bridging the gap which is the other arm of the campaign.”

Williams-Corbin added that since the prevalence of TIP can sometimes go unnoticed, these measures and initiatives are relevant especially.

Delicia Haynes.

Images: Ackeem Thomas.

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