Exposing Human Trafficking’s Lies — GIFT Box USA in Union Square
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick is an End Trafficking Fellow in New York.
Get an education and a better future. We can live happily ever after. See the world and earn good money. Holiday work: meet new people and good pay.
Do any of these offers sound enticing? Thousands of people around the world are offered opportunities like these every day —only to be tricked and exploited by traffickers. Instead of glamorous jobs, they will endure a life of abuse and exploitation.
This is one big message the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons wanted to share with both native New Yorkers and tourists — and why we brought the UN GIFT Box to the United States for the very first time.
First launched during the 2012 Olympics in London, GIFT Boxes are walk-in pieces of public art intended to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Inside the box, visitors encounter stories of women who were trafficked for sex right here in the United States. On leaving, visitors want to know what they can do to help. We offer many options, including signing a petition. So far, volunteers have gathered over 1,000 signatures, and we’ve still got a few days to go.
Visit www.giftboxusa.com for more information about the GIFT Box.