13 November 2001


VIENNA, 12 November 2001 (UN Information Service) -- An exhibition about slavery featuring images of modern-day slavery is opening at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna on 15 November. The exhibition is timed to coincide with International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December.

The exhibition has been organised by the Vienna-based Centre for International Crime Prevention (CICP) in cooperation with a French non-governmental organisation (NGO), CCEM (Comité Contre l’esclavage Moderne/Committee against Modern Slavery). Around 45 posters by artists from across Europe will be on display in the rotunda of the Vienna International Centre from 15 November until the end of the year.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness about modern-day slavery and the trafficking in human beings. CCEM is a French NGO which fights contemporary forms of slavery in Europe and provides support to its victims.

The posters show different forms of slavery such as domestic labour, prostitution, child labour and forced marriage. Some artists address the physical and psychological degradation of victims, their loss of identity and hope and the relationship between master and slave. Each poster is accompanied by a short written explanation.

CICP runs the Global Programme against Trafficking in Human Beings which helps member states to combat trafficking and promotes the development of effective ways to crack down on the perpetrators. The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children which supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, provides the framework for the Global Programme. CICP currently operates four technical cooperation projects under the Global Programme in Eastern Europe, in the Philippines, in Brazil and in West Africa.

As the Executive Director of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), Mr. Pino Arlacchi, said recently in an address to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), "Trafficking in human beings is the fastest growing form of organised crime. There are reports that drug traffickers are switching to human cargo to obtain greater profit with less risk. I am not referring to the smuggling of migrants, another form of organised crime, but to the modern form of human slavery where the victim loses the freedom to control his or her own life."


Photographers are invited to take pictures of the exhibition by prior arrangement.
Please contact Anne Thomas on 260 60 4448 for further information.