Information Campaigns Against Human Trafficking in Kachin State

Region-Country: 
Asia, Myanmar
Date Publish: 
27 Jul 2015

In June 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Myanmar Ministry of Home Affairs, conducted an information campaign against human trafficking in Myanmar’s north-eastern Kachin State. The initiative’s aim was to raise awareness in the state which is a major source area for cross-border trafficking. Enticed by offers of high-paying jobs abroad, large numbers of Kachin youths are often trafficked into China and Thailand.

To address the issue, communication materials on the risks and prevention were developed by IOM after a thorough consultative process with local groups. These include the development of one pamphlet, four story books, four posters and three radio spots. Five songs and two plays were also written and performed by youth volunteers during road shows at internally displaced persons' (IDP) camps and schools, reaching over 6000 people in the areas surrounding Myitkyina and Waingmaw. The following are a series of pictures documenting the implementation of the campaign.