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CAN A COIN HELP STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND MODERN DAY SLAVERY?
The statistics of human trafficking are staggering, it affects the smallest village, town and big city and no continent is exempt. The figures are growing in terms of the number of women and men becoming victims of this horrific practise. But what can one person or group do to help combat this intolerable situation which still exists in the 21st century…? In the world of numismatics, an unusual and innovative approach is being launched by the United Future World Currency (UFWC) the global currency initiative which came to the forefront of international media attention during the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009. Wanting to do their part to help combat human trafficking and modern day slavery, the UFWC have produced a prototype coin that carries the message of combating human trafficking prominently depicted on the obverse. The contemporary design carries the message “BREAK THE CHAINS OF BONDAGE” Inspired by the Freedom Project, a year-long campaign launched by CNN international in 2011, the UFWC have developed this eye-opening campaign to be part of their world-wide initiative. President Barack Obama designated the month of January as “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” in the US, the UFWC have developed this eye-opening campaign to take on the growing worldwide initiative. Their prototype coin, the first of its kind to include this socially responsible message will be launched at the World Money Fair, Europe’s largest coin exhibition on the 3rd February in Berlin, Germany. As part of their unique approach to spreading this message, a challenge or invitation during the coin’s launch will be extended to the more than 60 attending world Mints at the WMF inviting them to issue a legal tender circulating / collector coin with the message of ending human trafficking & modern-day slavery. The UFWC are pleased to announce that several Mints and Central Banks have already expressed an interest to participate in this initiative ahead of the launch. The coin is being struck at the Royal Mint UK in eco-silver, (a product developed by Cookson Precious Metals UK) a responsibly sourced product from a dedicated line of recycled silver, thus eliminating the need for further mining activities which are harmful to the environment. The specially commissioned design includes the silhouette images of a man and woman back to back with a broken chain of five links below them and the UFWC’s insignia above them both. Dr. Sandro Sassoli, founder of the UFWC commented, “We want our project to encourage Mints and central banks to issue a coin that ends up in the hands of the public and raise awareness of this very important cause” The additional concept behind the coin’s creation is to also focus attention on the monetary link & ill-gotten gain to the scourge of human trafficking. It is hoped that this project will result in an international campaign which will carry into 2013 and beyond, conveying this vital message in the most direct manner, far & wide to all members of the public and compelling everyone to take a stand! Ultimately, we hope the coin will speak for those who can’t.
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