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There is a plethora of ways to fight human trafficking. Here are several ideas to consider.
1. Learn the indicators of human trafficking on this website or by taking our FREE certification training. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.
2. If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, call the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or report an emergency to law enforcement by calling 911. Trafficking victims, whether or not U.S. citizens, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
3. Be a conscientious and informed consumer. Find out more about who may have picked your food or made your clothes at ResponsibleSourcingTool.org, or check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information, including supplier or factory lists, for consumer awareness.
4. Volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
5. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal elected officials to let them know you care about combating human trafficking and ask what they are doing to address it.
6. Be well-informed. Set up a web alert to receive current human trafficking news.
7. Host an awareness-raising event to watch and discuss films about human trafficking. For example, learn how modern slavery exists today; watch an investigative documentary about sex trafficking; or discover how forced labor can affect global food supply chains. Alternatively, contact your local library and ask for assistance identifying an appropriate book and ask them to host the event.
8. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.
9. Encourage your local schools or school district to include human trafficking in their curricula and to develop protocols for identifying and reporting a suspected case of human trafficking or responding to a potential victim.
10. Use your social media platforms to raise awareness about human trafficking, using the following hashtags: #endtrafficking, #freedomfirst.
11. Think about whether your workplace is trauma-informed and reach out to management or the Human Resources team to urge implementation of trauma-informed business practices.
12. Become a mentor to a young person or someone in need. Traffickers often target people who are going through a difficult time or who lack strong support systems. As a mentor, you can be involved in new and positive experiences in that person’s life during a formative time.
13. Parents and Caregivers: Learn how human traffickers often target and recruit youth and who to turn to for help in potentially dangerous situations. Host community conversations with parent teacher associations, law enforcement, schools, and community members regarding safeguarding children in your community.
14. Youth: Learn how to recognize traffickers’ recruitment tactics, how to safely navigate out of a suspicious or uncomfortable situations, and how to reach out for help at any time.
15. Faith-Based Communities: Host awareness events and community forums with anti-trafficking leaders or collectively support a local victim service provider.
16. Businesses: Provide jobs, internships, skills training, and other opportunities to trafficking survivors. Take steps to investigate and prevent trafficking in your supply chains by consulting the Responsible Sourcing Tool and Comply Chain to develop effective management systems to detect, prevent, and combat human trafficking.
17. College Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Request that human trafficking be included in university curricula.
18. Health Care Providers: Learn how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims. With assistance from local anti-trafficking organizations, extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims.
19. Journalists: The media plays an enormous role in shaping perceptions and guiding the public conversation about human trafficking. Seek out some media best practices on how to effectively and responsibly report stories on human trafficking.
20. Attorneys: Offer human trafficking victims legal services, including support for those seeking benefits or special immigration status. Resources are available for attorneys representing victims of human trafficking.
21. Always use the buddy system.
22. If you are running by yourself, try NOT having your hair in a ponytail. It is easier for an attacker to grab your hair.
23. Scream very loudly. Scream FIRE, because people are going to be more apt to come to the fire than they would be to help you.
24. Talk to your parents, spouse and children about safety. Talk to your spouse about things like pepper spray, a stun gun or a CCW. If your kids are old enough, talk to them about pepper spray and/or a stun gun for safety.
25. Heaven forbid someone grabs you, but in the event they do, do things they may find disgusting like urinate and/or defecate on yourself or make yourself throw up. Do all of this as you are fighting back in every way you possibly can.
26. If a woman/girl asks you to come with them to look at something, DON'T! There are many women and children who are forced into human trafficking and therefore, forced into assisting in abductions.
27. Check the backseat of your car or the bed of your truck before you get in. When you get in your vehicle, do NOT sit there and play on your phone. Immediately lock the doors and drive away.
28. Check your vehicle for any distinguishing marks that were not there before. Traffickers have been known to place checkmarks on windshields and mark on inconspicuous places on the bumper of vehicles like what gender and age the children are.
29. Do not advertise your family on the back of your vehicle's window, ie. stick figures of your family, your child's interests, your interests, where you work or even what you do for a living. You are making their job much easier by freely giving them the information they need.
30. If there is someone making you feel uncomfortable, use your cell phone and start taking pictures of them. Send those pictures to a trusted source with a message stating this person is making you feel uncomfortable. Because if that person does take you, their face is out there and when most people realize you are sending their face picture to people on your cell phone, they will stop.
31. Look confident. Traffickers prey on potentially weak victims.
32. If a vehicle pulls up to you, run in the OPPOSITE direction. Believe it or not, most people will start running in the direction they are facing.
33. Take self-defense classes.
34. Talk to your children about NOT talking to strangers, to get to a safe place or a safe person FAST and tell someone IMMEDIATELY.
35. Never give personal information to anyone you do not know.
36. NEVER send nude pictures to anyone.
37. Pay attention to vans and mini vans that are parked next to yours, with their sliding doors facing your driver's door.
38. If you happen to stay in a hotel room, take pictures around the room. There is an app called, "TraffickCam" where you can upload the pictures to. The website is used as a database to help identify the locations of victims based on the backgrounds/surroundings in photos and videos. As we state in our free human trafficking certification course, the internet is a hotspot for human trafficking, and the traffickers will often post advertisements from the hotel room they are staying in and offering services out of. You can easily find the TraffickCam app on the Google Play Store or the iStore.
39. Check your vehicle. Traffickers have been known to place odd objects in inconspicuous places on a vehicle like a shoelace wedged under the hood of a vehicle.
40. Check your wiper blades. Traffickers have been known to place pieces of paper under wiper blades in the guise of advertisements. The plan is once you get in your vehicle, you see the advertisement then get out of your vehicle to retrieve it. If there is a piece of paper under your wiper blades either grab it before you get in your vehicle or leave it there until you get someplace safe.
41. If you are someplace in public, ie. restaurant or store, and you feel unsafe getting to your vehicle, ask someone that works there to accompany you to your vehicle.
42. Pay attention to strange vehicles and people where children congregate, ie. schools, skate rinks, etc.
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