Many of the amazing women who make our clothes were once victims of human trafficking in parts of India. We are thankful for organizations like Freeset, one of our partners, who has taken up the fight against human trafficking in such a big way by offering employment opportunities in a loving and safe environment. But don’t think that you need to have major resources or influence to have an impact in the world. Anyone can get involved in the fight against human trafficking. We need to realize that all help is significant because people are significant. Human trafficking is a real issue in our world today affecting real people.
Here are 5 ways anyone can help fight human trafficking:
1. Education - Increase your knowledge about human trafficking.
Here are a few quick points to help spark some interest. Human Trafficking happens not only overseas, but right here in Canada. Labor trafficking happens more frequently than sex trafficking. Did you know that trafficking doesn’t have to involve movement? Education is important and could even help you identify someone who is currently a victim. Human trafficking is happening all around us, in airports, restaurants, schools, etc.
2. Raise Awareness - Take initiative at work or at school or support something already existing.
A lot of companies are supporting counter-trafficking initiatives by creating policies and campaigns that raise awareness. They are finding their raw materials and products from ethical sources. Be creative and raise awareness at work or at school. Even a simple poster is a good place to start. Or, host an awareness event to watch and discuss films about human trafficking. Even sharing posts on social media or talking about it with friends.
3. Volunteer - get out there.
Find a local organization that helps people in your community who have been victims of human trafficking or take part in local awareness events. Most Non-Profit organizations are always looking for volunteers and they would be happy to receive your help. There are lots of different ways volunteers are needed so don’t worry if you are new to this. Volunteering is a great way to meet other people who are passionate about helping others and also a great way to meet the people who are in need in your community.
4. Pray – Yes we believe it helps.
Pray for freedom for everyone currently a victim. Pray for physical, spiritual, and emotional wholeness for sex trafficking survivors, and for their continued safety and possible reintegration into their family or community. Pray for all the volunteers and organizations that are reaching out to people in need. Pray for the perpetrators of these horrible crimes. Pray for anyone and everyone involved in Human Trafficking.
5. Ethical Shopping - Be a conscientious and informed consumer.
Being against Human Trafficking also means being “for” the respectful treatment of workers. Ask who picked your coffee beans or made your clothes. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information for consumer awareness.
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