Listed below are resources to give you a jumping point. Find your gifts and talents and use them in the fight against human trafficking.
Memorize and Store the human trafficking hotline. If you suspect slavery or exploitation, call the National Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. If you are on duty in an airport or on an airplane, call the Department of Homeland Security’s Tip line for immediate action – 866-DHS-2-ICE or 866-347-2423
Watch for signs: Keep an eye out for trafficked victims, even in your own neighborhood, the mall, the grocery store or nail salon. Don’t turn a blind eye to suspicious activity. If you see something odd, or feel like something isn’t right, report it!
Download the Traffickcam app on your cell phone. When frequenting hotel rooms, take 4 photos of the hotel room and submit them. Photos save lives! Traffickcam
Become part of a “street team” to help promote Anti Human Trafficking films and their message. Priceless The Movie
Invest in Change: Monetarily help fund organizations dedicated to reducing human trafficking and who provide care to its victims. Click HERE to see a list of Non-profit organizations that fight trafficking
Consume Wisely: Buy Fair Trade products and from Fair Trade retailers. Greater Good
Volunteer with organizations caring for survivors. Find a safe house in your local area and donate your time. Ask the founder how you can help. A few safe houses in the US: Doors To Freedom Charleston Magdalene St Louis Generate Hope San Diego Amirah Boston
Get Involved: Ask a local organization how you can help. Get involved with a human trafficking task force, if possible.
Purchase: Buy products made by survivors of human trafficking. This helps ensure their self-sufficiency and will help reduce the risk of them being trafficked again. Made By Survivors
Write: Write an article and put it in your work newsletter, or send to a local newspapers, magazines and TV stations to publish and/or write stories about modern-day slavery and how to stop it.
Tourism Matters: Read the Trafficking in Persons Report released by the State Department to find out which countries are involved in human trafficking and write a letter to their travel bureau telling them you will not visit their country until they address the issue of human trafficking in their country
Remember the Facts: Memorize the statistics about child and sex slavery so that you can share. Share in conversation that there are at least 27 million men, women and children who have been trafficked worldwide. Polaris
Safeguard Transportation: Ask your airline to provide material in their in-seat pockets to inform passengers on how to watch for victims being trafficked.Innocents at Risk
Make Help Available: Go around to local businesses and request to hang posters and provide awareness/educational materials for their customers. You can order or download materials from the US Department of Health and Human Services
Start the Conversation: Get a group of friends, family and/or co-workers together and inform them about human trafficking. Host a “movie” night that deal with the issue. Expose the truth about modern-day slavery. A few films to watch: Not My Life Born Into Brothels The Candy Shop Eden Half The Sky
Find Resources and Contacts in Your State HERE
Advocate For Change: Call or write to your elected officials. Tell them you care about the issue of human trafficking and want stronger laws to protect the victims. You can get information on how to engage in political action and advocacy at: Polaris Project International Justice Mission
Give Healthcare and Beauty needs: Help collect and pack medical supplies and equipment to be sent to shelters for survivors. Supply full bottles of shampoo and soaps for survivors.
Walk: Organize a walk/run in your area with proceeds going to benefit an organization whose goals is to eliminate human trafficking. Race For Freedom
Cybervention: Keep an eye on Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter and Backpage. Write to these companies and ask that they stop allowing people to be sold in their listings.
Fight Sex Tourism: Educate yourself on, and ask travel agencies, hotels and tour operators to sign the ECPAT code.
Get Insights from the UN: Learn more and find expert advice in the UN’s Toolkit to Combat Trafficking
Do What You Love: Use your gifts and talents to fight slavery. Do an art project and display it in a public place. Use a sports event to raise awareness and funds for the issue. Talk about the issue at a concert, or make it a benefit for survivors. Film a movie on the state of modern-day slavery and post on YouTube. Write about the issue and post it on blogs. Write a song.