Baja California committed to combat trafficking in persons

The city of Tijuana lightened in blue from the night of Thursday 11 November and through the weekend, showing the state's solidarity with the victims of human trafficking. In an event that counted with the participation of over 500 people among students, civil society, diplomats, officials from the local and federal government, as well as from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; the government of Baja California launched its local version of the "Blue Heart" campaign against trafficking in persons.

In a coordinated effort of local and federal authorities; and UNODC, the launching event of Blue Heart in Tijuana went further than a formal act. A strong component of awareness was included through videos and a live testimony of a former victim of trafficking in persons, as well as a conference by Federal Member of the Parliament Rosi Orozco who strongly referred to the terrible situation that woman and children live in the streets of Tijuana, where they are trafficked in day light.

On behalf of UNODC, Mariana Alegret, was in charge of addressing the audience. She emphasized in the need of working coordinated in the prevention, penal prosecution of the crime and in providing protection and assistance to the victims.

Baja California now initiates it campaign of information and awareness raising to prevent that more people fall in the networks of organized crime that sell human begins.