The Fight Against Human Trafficking
Mexico has become the first country to launch a national version of the United Nations-led Blue Heart campaign against human trafficking. As part of Mexico’s launch in April 2010, more than a dozen iconic buildings were lit up in blue across the capital, Mexico City.
“I admire Mexico’s leadership in fighting this modern slavery, demonstrated through its strong commitment to the Blue Heart campaign,” said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, which spearheaded the global campaign.
The blue heart represents the sadness of those who are trafficked as well as the cold-heartedness of those who buy and sell fellow human beings, according to the U.N. campaign statement. More than 2.4 million people — up to 80 percent women and girls — are currently victims of human trafficking, either for sexual or labor exploitation, the U.N. has said.