Did you read the title and think, “What? Wait. There’s a month devoted to human trafficking?” Join the club. I had the same thought, but I am so excited about this news.
Having a month focused on providing education and tools for victims, survivors, and the public points to a clear fact. The problem: human trafficking is not only in foreign nations. It is HERE in the U.S. In an article from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in just one day, “at least 750 people in sex-trafficking sting operations timed to coincide with the Super Bowl.”
According to the US Homeland Security, human trafficking is the “use of force, fraud, and/or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.” Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked annually in the US. Worldwide, the number climbs into the millions. Human trafficking is a lucrative illegal industry bringing in billions of dollars. The financial rewards of human trafficking increase the difficulty of it bringing an end.
We cannot wait for our government leaders to identify strategies to fight the atrocities of human trafficking. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” We must act and educate ourselves. The NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault shares fours ways you can speak out against human trafficking:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – MLK, Jr.
Learn to read the red flags: Indicators such as lack of eye contact, reluctance to speak or alienation from friends and family are a few. Once you identify the red flags, don’t waste time. Report trafficking to the authorities.
Start and join the conversation in social media: The more we talk, the more attention we bring to the issue. For example, you can use #HTChallenge or #tackledemand during the Super Bowl halftime to share information.
Get involved and join others: When possible, participate in opportunities to discuss, share, and support ending human trafficking.
Pray: Human trafficking is not God’s design. It is an evil institution and combatting it with prayer is a prime tool in its destruction.
With the ever-growing spotlight on sexual abuse and harassment as shown in the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, this is a perfect opportunity to talk about human trafficking. Now is the time to educate yourself, others, and make a difference.
How will you work to create awareness to end human trafficking?
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