No matter how committed to the fight, it’s often difficult to feel knowledgeable about how to prevent human trafficking in a productive way. While there are a multitude of information resources from governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and even the United Nations, the huge amount of information out there can sometimes stop you in your tracks when you are looking for actionable steps you can take to make a difference.
Today, we share a simple and short two minute read on a web page provided by the U.S. State Department, that provides 15 Important Links about what people can do help prevent human trafficking:
Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider.
- Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.
- If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions to law enforcement by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotlineline at 1-888-373-7888.
Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
- Be a conscientious and informed consumer. Discover your slavery footprint, ask who picked your tomatoes or made your clothes, or check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information, including supplier or factory lists, for consumer awareness.