How to Fight Human Trafficking
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To me, this is the most important month because this is such a huge issue. So I wanted to share just a few ideas for raising awareness and helping people.
Again, these are just a few ideas. You can find plenty more ideas and resources all over the internet.
The more you know, the more you can tell people about it, and the more you can do about it. There are so many resources out there to learn more about human trafficking. Here are some for starters:
Read about 25 types of human trafficking
Read the Global Slavery Index
Pay attention to what you buy
Maybe you don’t personally force people to make your clothes, coffee, candy, electronics, etc. But we buy products all the time that people were forced to make. These people (including children) receive no pay and work in horrible conditions.
Buy fair trade products. Some people don’t like buying fair trade products because they often cost more, but that’s because every person who helps make them actually gets paid what they deserve. It’s worth it. You can also just buy used products. Companies don’t receive any of your money this way, so you’re not adding to the problem.
Do your research and find out what companies use forced labor. There’s more than you’d think. Trust me.
Download the DoneGood browser extension. Just Google whatever you’re looking for and it finds sites that sell that type of product, only these sites are completely ethical. It usually offers promo codes for these sites, so you get to save money as well.
Give or raise money
There are so many great organizations out there to that accept donations.
For fundraisers, you can get creative. One great one I’ve seen is the Dressember Campaign. You wear a dress or tie every day in December to start conversations about human trafficking. You also raise money as well.
Use the Human Trafficking Hotline
Save this number right now. I never thought I would need it but I have actually used it once. If you ever see ANYTHING that looks suspicious, call this number. Or you can report a tip on their website.
Write to officials
You can write to your local, state, or federal officials and let them know how important this issue is to you. Tell them that you want to know what they’re doing to address this injustice.
Just get creative
Basically, just do whatever you can in whatever way you like to spread awareness of this issue. Write about it. Post about it on social media. Talk about it. Get a tattoo. Put a blue streak in your hair. Draw. Make something to sell to raise money. Have a yard sale. Whatever works for you. Just do it. This is too important to keep to yourself.