‘Gift Box’ Appears In Manor West To Highlight Human Trafficking

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Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald and Aileen Murphy showing people around The UN Gift Box today.

IF you were around Manor West today you might be wondering what a big gift box is doing in the retail park.

Well, it’s walk-in structure to  to raise awareness about Human Trafficking. It’s in Tralee as part of a nationwide tour today and Tuesday from 10am-7pm and members of the public are invited to visit it.

Its gift box exterior symbolises the way traffickers entice their victims with false promises, but once inside this large street sculpture you are presented with a different reality.

Its Irish tour is a joint initiative of the Loreto Sisters and APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking) with the support of the Department of Justice. It is being hosted in Tralee by the Diocese of Kerry Justice, Peace and Creation /JPIC Committee

People-trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organised crime.

In Ireland the central message of the awareness campaign of Anti Human Trafficking Unit (Department of Justice) is “Don’t Close Your Eyes to Human Trafficking”. You are encouraged to share any suspicions or information on the crime with the Gardaí who will then investigate accordingly.

The public are encouraged to visit the GIFT Box during its Tralee visit. Inside the Box, true stories of human trafficking are recounted. To protect the identity of the victims, names have been changed.

For more information on The Gift Box visit: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/giftbox

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