What can YOU do to stop trafficking?

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There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 36 million in bondage across the globe.

The number of human trafficking victims increased by 27% between 2008 and 2011. Statistics continue to rise. Another person falls victim every 30 seconds. I cannot even image all the horrors involved. Many times I want to close my eyes, pretend it doesn’t exist, but ignorance is not always bliss. Sometimes it’s just plain ignorance. We cannot remain silent.

But where do we start? The problem feels too big, too overwhelming. What could one person possibly do to make a difference? A LOT. Even from a posh, seemingly isolated suburb.

With several great organizations already addressing the issue, it’s easy for us to add to the momentum and really make an impact. Here are some easy steps to take.

1. DONATE. Check out our page of Network Partners. Click on the logos to learn more about each organization and what their financial needs are. These, of course, are just some of the organizations actively involved in the fight against human trafficking. World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse also include this fight in their global efforts toward social justice. You can make tax-deductible donations via most websites.

2. CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. I know not all of you are Americans, but for those who are, World Vision offers a simple form by which you may contact your congressman and representatives regarding an act of protection for victims. Click HERE for more information. If you’re not in the United States, check your government websites for opportunities to raise your voice against these crimes.

3. GIVE MEANINGFUL GIFTS. Shopping Fair Trade is a great first step toward conscientious consumerism. And what if the pjs you buy your sister are cute AND help rescue women around the world? Several charities that incorporate rescue missions with empowerment strategies. You buy this stuff all the time anyway, so why not get it from a source that serves double duty? By purchasing what they produce, you not only get beautiful gifts for those within arm’s reach, you also support those outside of arm’s reach. Some of my favorite shops include:

  • Punjammies {www.punjammies.com} : Part of the International Princess Project, this shop offers really adorable pajamas made by women rescued from forced prostitution. Not only can you buy jammies online, you can also host a Punjammies party as a fun way to raise awareness in your local community.
  • Hand & Cloth {www.handandcloth.org} : Based on biblical principles, this organization provides work, encouragement, safety and healing to at-risk women in India. Via their online shop you can purchase gorgeous quilts, blankets and throws made from recycled Indian sari materials.
  • Rahab Ministries {www.rahabministriesthailand.com} : Providing employment and assistance to freed slaves in Thailand, Rahab Ministries offers an entire catalog of jewelry and handmade toys.
  • FreeSet {www.freesetglobal.com} : Based in Kolkata, this organization supports its fight against sex trade by selling bags, totes and t-shirts. Learn more on their website.

4. VOLUNTEER. Check out our Events and Opportunities page to learn more about what we are doing in northern New Jersey and local areas. Visit our Network Partners websites and follow us on facebook to discover what opportunities lie around the country and around the world.

5. STAY INFORMED and SUPPORT THOSE FIGHTING. Read books about the issue. Support authors and speakers who work toward abolition. Pray for those on the front lines. Encourage the workers. Visit our Resources page for lists of books, videos and more to keep you informed.

WANT MORE? Check out this list from our partner, A21: 21 Ways to Help

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