Friday, October 5, 2012

Human Trafficking Part 4

For those of us who feel helpless in this fight to end modern day slavery please don't. This whole cycle starts with the consumer (all of us). There are a plethora of ways that everyday people can help abolish slavery once and for all. Never think its not enough because if we all did just enough most of these issues would not exist. We just have to become educated consumers.


1. EDUCATE YOURSELF – Join a volunteer group like Virginia Stop Modern Slavery and DC Stop Modern Slavery and learn about modern day slavery and how you can take action as well as a upcoming events. These organizations are community based and work at the grassroots level. They are a 100% volunteer group and do not seek donations, only to further the mission of educating others in order to see modern day slavery abolished in our lifetime.

Visit these websites to learn about human trafficking: – a comprehensive list of resources/links combined from dozens of government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational groups, victim aid groups. ; Free the slaves liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever. Our mission is to end slavery worldwide. We believe that ending slavery is an ambitious–and realizable–goal. Free the Slaves has a program called, I Am the Change where you can be the change in big ways and small. It takes 2 minutes to sign up visit; Polaris Project's vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002. Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan, with programs operating at international, national and local levels through our offices in Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; and Tokyo, Japan. Polaris Project is one of the few organizations working on all forms of trafficking and serving both citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking. Not For Sale is a Campaign of students, artists, entrepreneurs, people of faith, athletes, law enforcement officers, politicians, social workers, skilled professionals, and all justice seekers united to fight the global slave trade and end human trafficking. The Campaign aims to recruit, educate, and mobilize an international grassroots social movement that effectively combats human trafficking and slavery through "Smart Activism". It deploys innovative solutions for every individual to re-abolish slavery -- in their own backyards and across the globe. Not For Sale believes that everyone has a skill to contribute that can free an individual living in bondage, and together we can stop human trafficking and end slavery in our lifetime. US Department of State’s 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report on 177 nations. It is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. The annual Trafficking in Persons Report serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages partnership and increased determination in the fight against forced labor, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery Verité is a global advocate for workers. Through our understanding of the perspectives of workers, we find solutions to human rights violations in good business practices. We work to remove dangers and abuses in workplaces around the world by providing knowledge, skills and tools to workers, employers, multinational companies, NGOs, trade unions, investors and governments. Verité is launching the Well Made campaign to demonstrate how all stakeholder groups can make a difference through impactful programs in their supply chains, starting with looking for work across borders and how hiring traps can lead to human trafficking, slavery and debt bondage for so many migrant workers.
Reading List

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed
Anthony M. DeStefano

A Crime so Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery
Benjamin Skinner

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves
Kevin Bales

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy
Kevin Bales

Understanding Global Slavery: A Reader
Kevin Bales

To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves
Kevin Bales & Zoe Trodd

John Bowe

Trafficking of Human Beings from a Human Rights Perspective
Tom Obokata

Join a voulunteer group and use your talents to further the mission of educating others. Non-profits and community organizations are always in need of writers, those who love social media like, facebook and twitter, event organizers, and much more.

Other ways to help are volunteering at shelters, writing a blog about why we should fight human trafficking; make a film for youtube. The possibilities are endless.

Whatever you do best to make a difference!
Often times adjusting laws and policies surrounding the issue of human trafficking can help make it easier to identify and convict traffickers in a court of law. For more information on how to inform your elected officials, check out and

4. Invest in Change- Support those on the frontlines and enable them to make a difference. Help fund the most effective project to reduce slavery and care for its victims like:


7. BUY FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS & Products that are made by survivors of modern day slavery.

Find out how you or your company can support fair trade and help reduce the demand for products made by slaves. In the US, Fair Trade Certified™ food products carry the label of the US Fair Trade certifying body, TransFair USA. Make sure that what you buy was not made by the hands of a slave! Visit:;;;;; or


For further information look to part 3 of Human Trafficking.

Put the human trafficking hotline in your phone so you will have it ready if needed. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTRC is a program of Polaris Project, a non-profit, non-governmental organization. They are not a government entity, law enforcement or immigration. You can call the number and receive information about human trafficking, report a tip, arrange for training, and receive general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.

Receive training on how to recognize trafficking victims and what steps you take if you think you may be aware of a human trafficking situation. Organizations offering training:;;

9. Consume and Invest wisely- Hold businesses accountable and ask corporations to join the fight. Buy Fair Trade products like coffee and chocolate, look into your investment brokers, companies, and spend your money on those holding themselves to a higher standard. See: Verité is launching the Well Made campaign to demonstrate how all stakeholder groups can make a difference through impactful programs in their supply chains, starting with looking for work across borders and how hiring traps can lead to human trafficking, slavery and debt bondage for so many migrant workers. CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information. Members are interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. The handmade rug industry has one of the highest child labor rates in the world. More than 250,000 children in South Asia between the ages of 4 and 14 are routinely kidnapped or trafficked, forced to trade their childhoods and their futures for endless hours of hard labor on carpet looms. The GoodWeave campaign doesn’t just inform consumers about the problem, it offers them a solution. By demanding rugs certified by GoodWeave, you can be assured that your rug is truly beautiful—because it was made by adult artisans, not by child labor.

10. Write- Do you know any journalists? Encourage newspapers, magazines and television stations to publish or to write stories about modern-day slavery, and how to stop it.

11. Tourism Matters- Visit the Trafficking in Persons Report from the State Department . Find out which countries are the worst trafficking offenders. Write a letter to their travel bureau and tell them you won’t visit the country until they address the issue.

12. Make help available- In public places, disseminate wallet cards, posters, brochures and other materials about trafficking. Download them from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at: or see the list of resources on

13. Give healthcare- Help collect and pack medical supplies and equipment to be sent to shelters for survivors. Check out Giving Children Hope.

14. Cybervention- Make sure trafficking does not happen on the internet. Keep an eye on Craigslist and advertising spaces. Write to Craig’s list and ask that they stop allowing people to be sold on their listing. Visit this site to sign a petition asking Craigslist to stop

15. Fight Sex Tourism- Ask travel agencies, hotels and tour operators to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children in Travel and Tourism

16. Go- volunteer with organizations caring for survivors. Help build shelters. Teach English. Provide skills training. Ask the organization how you can help.

17. Slave-Free Campuses- Start a group at your school or university, and make sure your campus is free of products made with slave labor.

18. Safeguard transportation- ask airlines to provide training manuals to all their flight attendants on how to watch for victims being trafficked. Find the manual at

19. Faith, Schools and Freedom- Help your faith community or school become an Abolitionist Organization. Find theses handbook in the action downloads section at:

20. Do what you love- Use your talents to fight slavery. Do an art project and display it in a public place. Film a movie on the state of modern-day slavery. Write about the issue and post it on blogs.

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