Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ricky Martin joins campaign to stop human trafficking

Puerto Rico's pop star Ricky Martin, left, speaks with Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias, right, during a ceremony to launch the project called 'Llame y Vive' , Call and Live, against human trafficking and slavery being launched in Costa Rica and Latin America at the Presidential House in San Jose, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)GENEVA (DPA) - World-famous Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez launched a campaign aimed at combating human smuggling, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration announced yesterday.

A message from Ricky Martin is at the center of the six-month TV and radio campaign, "Llama y Vive" ("Call and Live"), unveiled in the Costa Rican capital on Tuesday.

The project will provide information and highlight a new 24-hour telephone hotline to operate throughout Central American countries to alert potential victims of trafficking and protect children and young people.

The International Organization for Migration joined forces with the Ricky Martin Foundation in May 2006 to highlight the problem of human trafficking. The Inter American Development Bank and UNICEF are also partners in the campaign.

Costa Rica is a country of origin, transit, and destination for people smuggling. The majority of victims are forced into sexual servitude, according to IOM.

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