During a ceremony at the EESC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has appointed the musician Ozark Henry as its Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium against human trafficking. The appointment of this a well-known Belgian performing artist is aimed at increasing visibility and assisting in mobilizing support in the country to tackle human trafficking.
Georges Dassis welcomed the artist in the house of civil society as well as Jean-Luc Lemahieu, UNODC Director of Public Affairs, and Werner Bauwens, Deputy Director General for Multilateral Affairs at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and declared: "10,000 victims of human trafficking reported every year in Europe: this modern day form of slavery is a scandal and a crime against civilised society. Ozark Henry's appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador is a good news for Belgium and for Europe, as it will raise awareness and prompt many to action. I pledge that civil society organisations will stand by to support him, as they are the best placed to help identify victims and work actively on prevention. You can count on us to be a key partner in the fight against human trafficking."