Commemorating the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons

This year for the first time 30 July will be commemorated as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

To mark this special day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is encouraging people across the globe to express their solidarity with the millions of victims of human trafficking by giving back what they had stolen from them: hope.

Join the #igivehope campaign to raise awareness about this crime. Being a part of this campaign is simple:

1. Take a photo of yourself forming a heart with your hands - this is the internationally recognized gesture of love, care and friendship and a symbol of offering hope to the millions of trafficking victims.

2. Using the hashtag #igivehope, share the photo with your friends and the world through your Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. Also remember to share it on .

3. Sign up for the World Day Thunderclap which will be sent out on 30 July: simply 'lend' your social media voice and encourage others to join the #igivehope campaign to show solidarity with victims of human trafficking. Visit to sign up now!

Click here to visit the campaign webpage

Click here to know more about human trafficking

To know more about anti human trafficking initiatives by UNODC, South Asia, visit: