Thursday, 18 October 2012

Kids in Cluj to stop all traffic

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Human traffic that is, not cars, at least not today. Holding banners, poses and eye contact with TV cameras, youth activists made their point in the central Plata Unirii under the haughty nose of the Hungarian king's bronze horse. The recent economic crisis has raised the demand for cheap labour, made more poor people vulnerable and encouraged the modern day slave traders to get busy. Its said that Cluj is reckoned to be involved in about 10% of the human trafficking in Romania, both sending and receiving. Today's awareness raising popular mobilisation was marking European day of antitrafficking. This year's event was better attended and attracted more press coverage than previous years. Let's hope it's matched by a similar increase in official determination to stop this squalid trade in human beings.

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