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anti-trafficking gift box hits new york

At the end of January 2014, a walk-in exhibit called The GIFT Box was placed in Union Square to attract attention to the issue of human trafficking during the Super Bowl Weekend.

The GIFT box is a 10-foot high installation that educates the public on human trafficking is sponsored by STOP THE TRAFFIK, the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons (CSTIP). Passers-by are enticed into the box using the bait-and-switch technique used by sex traffickers. When they enter the colorfully-wrapped box, they encounter powerful images and stories describing the harsh realities of sex trafficking from the viewpoint of its victims.

The GIFT Box was first deployed in London during the 2012 Olympics, to draw people’s attention to the issue of trafficking and what they can do to stop it. Its first deployment in the USA was in Union Square, New York, during the 48th Super Bowl Championship, America’s largest sporting event.    GiftBox2.jpg

“When STOP THE TRAFFIK launched the GIFT Box during the London 2012 Olympic Games, we knew that it would bring the issue of human trafficking to the attention of communities at street level,” said Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK. “Sports events draw attention to human trafficking, the world's fastest growing crime. This year as people gather to enjoy the Super Bowl, the GIFT Box will serve as a great opportunity to educate people on this issue and what they can do to stop it.”

Rita Fishman, one of ICJW’s representatives to the United Nations, is an active member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons (CSTIP) and involved in the GIFT Box campaign.

For more information on GIFT Box USA visit www.giftboxusa.com.   

For more information about the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons contactngocstip@gmail.com.