At the initiative of the Local Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings - Blagoevgrad, the national Taekwon-Do ITF team is the ambassador of the campaign "Together against Trafficking in Human Beings / WE SAY NO TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING".
The annual national campaign for the prevention of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation is organized by the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB), jointly with the ten local commissions for combating trafficking in human beings in the country.
A number of work meetings were held in Blagoevgrad with Dr. Mario Bogdanov, Vice President of the World Taekwon-Do Federation and the European Taekwon-Do Federation and President of the Bulgarian Taekwon-Do Federation, as a result of which a partnership agreement was reached between the National Commission and the Bulgarian Taekwon-Do ITF Federation.
During the preparation camp of the national team, the secretary of the Local Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings - Blagoevgrad, Mrs. Lubka Kostadinova, held an information meeting with the 68 contestants, which was intended to inform the audience about the crime of trafficking in human beings and the types of exploitation. In addition, the importance of raising public awareness as an effective way to limit trafficking in human beings and reduce the demand for services provided by victims was emphasized.
The official opening ceremony of the 21st World Cup took place on 25th of August 2019 in the Kolodruma Hall, Plovdiv. The competitors from the Bulgarian national team were wearing T-shirts with the motto of the campaign "We say NO to human trafficking". Meanwhile, the advertisement clip for the Bulgarian hosting also included the message.
More than 3,000 Bulgarian and English brochures were disseminated during the Championship, especially designed for the event by the LCCTHB - Blagoevgrad and the National Commission.
Over 1,500 competitors, representing 84 countries, including Australia, USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, France and others, participate in the 21st World Cup.