Under the motto "Together against Trafficking in Human Beings" the annual national information campaign on the prevention of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation started, organized by the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB), together with the Local Commissions for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (LCCTHBs).
The campaign will take place during the summer months in the cities with national and local structures as well as through the communication tools and channels of the NCCTHB. The main target group will be youngsters and students in order to raise awareness of the problems associated with the crime.
The planned events and initiatives include more than 30 information sessions and meetings with students and representatives of vulnerable groups as well as specialized trainings for professionals.
The Bulgarian National Taekwondo ITF Team will be the ambassador of the campaign during the upcoming World Cup in Plovdiv at the end of August, as the main partner of the NCCTHB is the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation. The championship will be attended by representatives of over 60 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Spain, France, England and others. Especially for the event an information material in Bulgarian and English will be developed.
Meanwhile, the shooting of a short film about human trafficking, which recreates the story of a young girl involved in sexual exploitation, was also launched. The project is implemented in partnership between the Municipality of Burgas, Association "Equilibrium" and LCCTHB - Burgas. The idea of creating the film is a continuation of the work of the volunteer team at the LCCTHB - Burgas, which in the past year also shot a preventive video against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The short film will be used for the purposes of the Summer Campaign across the country.
According to the latest report of the European Commission for 2015-2016, the registered victims of trafficking in the EU territory are over 20 thousand. However, the actual number is significantly higher, as many victims remain undetected. Women and girls continue to be affected the most by trafficking in human beings (68%), while children represent 23% of the registered victims. Statistics shows that in Bulgaria 92% of the victims are female. According to the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, for 2018 443 are the victims, of whom 309 are sexually exploited.