Employees of LGU-La Carlota City wore blue t-shirts and tops today as an expression of hope that the social clamour against human trafficking and call for public sympathy for the victims may be felt and heard by the worldwide community.

The United Nations (UN) defines human trafficking as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

The UN declared July 20 as World Day Against Human Trafficking or the Blue Hearts Day. In its website, the UN explained that the Blue Heart “represents the sadness of those who are trafficked, while reminding us of the cold-heartedness of those who buy and sell fellow human beings.”

Last July 21, Mayor Rex directed all LGU employees to wear blue on July 29 as a show of support to the Blue Hearts Day.

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