MAKE A DIFFERENCE: WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
Today, July 30th, is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Human Trafficking continues to be a huge issue that affects almost every country in the world. Today three million people are victims of human trafficking around the world. Women under the age of 18 tend to be the most common victims, however any person can become a victim. Its crazy to think that in this day and age humans are still being exploited for labor, sex, and organs and that modern slavery still exists.
Human Trafficking happens everywhere and often within our own communities and right under our noses. Keep in mind that victims of trafficking are scared and often from a different country and therefore might not know how to ask for help. We want to put an end to human trafficking during our generation. Below we've listed three different ways you can do your part to make a difference and help end human trafficking.
LEARN THE SIGNS
One of the things about human trafficking is that most people are unaware that it is happening in their communities. Trafficking thrives on its undercover network. However there are some common signs that you can look out for. Hope for justice is a non-profit that lists a lot of ways you can spot the signs of human trafficking. We encourage you to learns these signs so that you can help a victim. You can go even further and take a training course online to learn more.
SIGN THE PETITION
Human trafficking is an industry that generates $32 billion per year. How can our government allow something so despicable to continue to thrive? We think that our government can do more to break down the silos that allow the human trafficking industry to exist. There are a few different petitions online, but we like this one that asks congress to protect children that have been victims of human trafficking.
BE CONSCIOUS OF THE PRODUCTS YOU BUY
The unfortunate the reality is that as Americans we probably own products that were made through human trafficking and forced labor. Its important to understand who made your clothes and who picked your fruit. Do your research and understand where your products come from. The Slavery Footprint, is a survey you can take which can help you determine which products you own are most likely tied to human trafficking. By being a conscious consumer and only buying products that are fair trade certified, you can help dismantle human trafficking.
We support human rights of every around the world. Its unfortunate that human trafficking continues to trap and exploit people around the world. We all can do our part to help end this terrible industry and restore the rights of the people victimized by it.