5 Ways You Can Help Combat Human Trafficking

Ways to join the fight against modern-day slavery

Learning in community is helpful as well. Introduce your book club, Sunday school, or other gathering to a book or movie on trafficking. Suggested books include Bowley's The White Umbrella; Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn; Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery, edited by Jesse Sage and Liora Kasten, and The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade, by Victor Malerek.

2) Raise awareness.

Consider hanging an anti-trafficking poster in your church, business, or office. The A21 Campaign provides awareness kits on their website, and posters advertising the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) victim hotline are available at www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/index.html or by calling 1-888-3737-888.

Engage with educational websites like Slaveryfootprint.org is a site founded by Justin Dillon to educate Americans on how they individually are contributing to the human trafficking industry worldwide. Dillon's goal is to raise awareness, and after completing the site's brief survey, I discovered 65 slaves work for me based on my personal lifestyle choices. Naturally, this concerned me, and led me to want to start living more intentionally. As I seek ways to personally become more conscious of how my consumerism may negatively effect those in modern-day slavery, I'm thankful for Laura Leonard's tips on healthy shopping habits as well as opportunities to donate financially to organizations.

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