Addressing human trafficking can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Upwards of 50,000 women and children are forced into sexual slavery each year in this country alone.
Victims of human trafficking need help, and that assistance can come from individuals like you. Have you always wanted to find a way to stop human trafficking? There are simple and pragmatic steps that you can take to address this evil organized crime.
You can’t help stop human trafficking if you are hurt or worse. You never know where the trafficker could be. They generally keep a close eye on their victims, which they view as property.
If you do reach out to an individual, be sure that you are in an area that is safe and where you feel comfortable. When in doubt, hand the information to local or federal law enforcement and let trained professionals question the individual.
Keep the Conversation Uplifting
Under the right conditions, you can build trust with trafficking victims by expressing concern for their well-being and safety. Work to communicate that you care about how safe they are and that they don’t deserve to be in the conditions they are in.
Keep the conversation positive by relaying how brave, strong, and worthy they are. Often, abusers tear down their victims’ self-esteem.
Take Notes Then Act
Before you contact law enforcement or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888), take notes. Important details to take down prior include license plate info, car model and make, clothes, tattoos, and other identifying factors.
Take Human Trafficking Awareness Training
At Covenant Rescue Group, our trained professionals equip law enforcement with the training and resources they need to arrest and prosecute traffickers.
The CRG team is a mix of retired U.S. Navy SEALs, business professionals, and individuals from all walks of life. All are dedicated to ending human trafficking.
Learn Travel Tips to Stop Human Trafficking
Do you travel often? Simple travel tips can make a huge difference in the fight to end this form of organized crime.
For example, you can book hotels and flights from companies that follow the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. The code is a voluntary set of principles.
Hotels and airlines are hotspots for human trafficking. You can look for signs of individuals who appear abused or under the control of older men. TraffickCam is a phone app that can help law enforcement fight traffickers and liberate victims.
At all times, take steps to protect your safety if you are near potential illegal activities.
Be a Conscientious Consumer
Sex trafficking is just one form of trafficking. Forced labor is another.
Start paying attention to which companies you buy from. Consider shopping only with businesses that sell fair trade products or commit to never using products made from forced labor.
Learn More Tips to Help Victims of Human Trafficking
Victims of human trafficking need your help, and so does CRG. Our faith-based team has saved 100 trafficking victims globally while helping arrest 50 traffickers. To learn more about the work we do, contact our team online.