The recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving and harbouring of a person by force, coercion or other means for the purpose of exploitation are all gross violations of human rights. Human trafficking is a reality in Jamaica and worldwide. The two main forms of human trafficking in Jamaica are sexual exploitation and forced labour. NATFATIP’s core emphases are the prevention and suppression of trafficking in persons, the prosecution of offenders, and the protection and provision of assistance to victims of trafficking.

In this special edition of Intl. Reggae Poster Contest, we are highlighting the consequences of human trafficking and advocating for its prevention. We invite submissions of unpublished posters on this urgent issue.

The International Reggae Poster Contest, VP Records and several Reggae artists are all collaborating, for the first time, on the global issue of human trafficking. The Jamaica National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (NATFATIP) has lent its support to this timely competition. The Task Force was established in 2005 as a multi-agency enterprise with a mandate to strengthen Jamaica’s legislative, institutional and operational capacity to combat Trafficking in Persons.

In support of the song “Shadows After Dark,” released on November 27th, 2020, VP Records, the International Reggae Poster Contest and the Jamaican Ministry of National Security have partnered to raise awareness of Human Trafficking through visual art.

The song encourages all of us to be careful about who we trust. Produced by Reggae star Alborosie, and featuring performances by Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Dean Fraser, Duane Stephenson, Kabaka Pyramid, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Kumar, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah and Sandy Smith, the song is designed to attract a global audience.

About the Shadows After Dark – International Poster Competition Alborosie says, “Visual art and sonic art are powerful together. Working together means we can save one more child or one more person from harm and that is good.”

Maria Papaefstathiou, International Reggae Poster Contest co-founder, says, “There are steps that all of us can take towards ending human trafficking. We, the designers, begin by using art to educate and spread awareness of the issue. I believe in a future where no one falls victim to human trafficking.”

SUBMISSION DATES: December 1, 2020 to April 20, 2021.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this competition is to build awareness of human trafficking.

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all graphic designers and artists internationally. Artists/designers can submit an unlimited number of original and unpublished posters.

RIGHTS GRANTED: Artists/designers will retain the rights to their original poster art. The International Reggae Poster Contest and VP Records shall have the right to reproduce, publish, exhibit, promote, disseminate in any medium, whether printed or electronic, the poster submissions for purely educational purposes. This includes the reproduction of copies in various formats to raise funds for this anti-human trafficking campaign.