The following recommendations for becoming involved in abolishing human trafficking are provided by Gracehaven House, a non-profit organization started in 2008 to address the issue of child sex trafficking in Ohio.
1. Tell others – Expose the truth about modern-day slavery. Make sure everyone knows the 27 million dirtiest secrets. Research on your own at websites such as:
Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking
Salvation Army Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking
Free The Slaves
US Department of State Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report
2. Invest in Change – Support those on the frontlines and enable them to make a difference. Help fund the most effective project to reduce slavery and care for its victims like:
International Justice Mission
Shared Hope International
3. Consume wisely – Hold businesses accountable and ask corporations to join the fight. Buy Fair Trade products like coffee and chocolate. Spend a little more on Fair Trade websites like:
Ten Thousand Villages
4. Watch – Keep an eye out and don’t turn away. If you suspect slavery or exploitation, cal the national trafficking hotline: 888-3737-888
5. Write – Do you know any journalists? Encourage newspapers, magazines and television stations to publish or to write stories about modern-day slavery, and how to stop it.
6. Tourism Matters – Visit the Trafficking in Persons Report from the State Department. Find out which countries are the worst trafficking offenders. Write a letter to their travel bureau and tell them you won’t visit the country until they address the issue.
7. Purchase – Buying products made by survivors helps ensure their self-sufficiency. Shop at the Emancipation Network’s Made By Survivors.
8. Make help available – Place coasters at bars and sleeves for coffee cups to promote the hotline (888-3737-888). In public places, disseminate posters, brochures and other materials about trafficking. Download them from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at: Anti-Trafficking in Persons.
9. Organize – Organize your community to address the issue.
10. Advocate for change – Call or write your elected officials. Tell them that you care about the issue of human trafficking and want stronger laws to protect victims. Keep telling them. Get news from Polaris Project on how to engage in political action and advocacy.
11. Give healthcare – Help collect and pack medical supplies and equipment to be sent to shelters for survivors. Check out Giving Children Hope.
12. Walk – Global March has freed over 60,000 slaves in India. Their marches promote education for children instead of forced labor and exploitation.
13. Cybervention – Make sure trafficking does not happen on the internet. Keep an eye on sites such as Backpage.com and write asking that they stop allowing people to be sold on their listing.
14. Fight Sex Tourism – Ask travel agencies, hotels and tour operators to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children in Travel and Tourism.
15. Prepare caretakers – Encourage healthcare providers and law enforcement officials to be aware of the signs of human trafficking. Download resource guides. Get the information to school nurses, clinics and urgent care centers.
16. Rescue victims – Pressure for raids of forced labor and slavery situations. Lawyers can make a bid difference in advocating for legal investigation and prosecuting perpetrators. Have them join the team at International Justice Mission.
17. Go – Volunteer with organizations caring for survivors. Help build shelters. Teach English. Provide skills training. Ask the organization how you can help.
18. Slave-Free Campuses – Start a group at your school or university, and make sure your campus is free of products made with slave labor.
19. Safeguard transportation – Ask airlines to provide training manuals to all their flight attendants on how to watch for victims being trafficked. Find the manual at Innocents At Risk.
20. Remember the facts – Memorize the statistics about child and sex slavery. Tell people to memorize the National Human Trafficking Resource Center number: 888-3737-888.
21. Faith, Schools and Freedom – Help your faith community or school become an Abolitionist Organization. Find this handbook in the action downloads section at Not For Sale’s Action Downloads.
22. Get insights from the UN – Learn more and find expert advice in the UN’s toolkit to combat trafficking.
23. Do what you love- Use your talents to fight slavery. Do an art project and display it in a public place. Film a movie on the state of modern-day slavery. Write about the issue and post it on blogs.
24. Pray…pray…pray… “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” Psalm 89:14.