I now understand why my parents were so strict with me as a child and a young teen. There are predators out there that do horrendous things to humans, especially women and children, even infants … Just writing about this subject makes me hurt. It’s a topic that I have always struggled talking about — however — human trafficking is a dark, horrendous reality around the globe. I can’t even tell you the things I wish to be done to those that harm children, to those that sell and trade humans as thought they’re a pair of shoes. The things I wish on them are unthinkable; those disgusting people should not exist. But they do …
In support of World Day Against Trafficking I’m shining a light on survivors of child trafficking and the fight to expose these monsters and end human trafficking. Please join me in following organization like Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), A21, Free Them and Polaris Project. You can also donate directly to them via their website and Instagram.
Please note: I know we are fighting for a lot of causes right now and it can be very emotionally draining and overwhelming. It’s okay to choose your lanes. And remember to take breaks and take care of YOU. We need to stay strong with good mental health if we are going to make a positive impact.
Ways You Can Support The Fight Against Human Trafficking:
- Donate to organizations that fight human trafficking: Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), A21, Child Rescue Coalition and Polaris Project. You can find more here.
- If you know someone who might be a victim of human trafficking, call the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can also call 911. Trafficking victims, whether or not U.S. citizens, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
- Volunteer your time and knowledge to anti-trafficking.
- Organize events / peaceful protests
- Create content for them (graphics, SEO blog writing, video content…)
- Host a fundraiser
- Write a blog post (like this one)
- Use your social media platforms to raise awareness
- Mentor a trafficking survivor and provide them with mental health support, medical support, jobs, skills and training.
- If you’re a journalist, report stories on human trafficking.
- Offer human trafficking victims legal services, including support for those seeking benefits or special immigration status.
- Create conversations around human trafficking prevention and how to identify recruitment tactics. This can be done in your own home with your family (please talk to your kids about it), church, employers, businesses, community organizations and more. Schools should definitely be talking about human trafficking to their students.
- Be mindful about your purchasing habits. Find out where that cheap dress came from. It might be created by the hands of a child slave. Use the Responsible Sourcing Tool to find out if you’re purchasing products made from human trafficking victims.
- Shop with intention and buy fair trade. 10 Thousand Villages is a wonderful place to buy ethically sourced goods.
- Reach out to your your local, state, and federal elected officials and find out what they’re doing to fight human trafficking.
You can find more ways to fight human trafficking here.
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