Here is a list of actions you and any concerned citizen can take to stop human trafficking. Even if it’s just one action, it will make a difference!
1. Take a moment of silence to reflect on the victims and violators involved in human trafficking.
2. Learn basic facts about human trafficking. Print out an ‘orange card’ from www.soroptimistraleigh.org.
3. List ten things you love to do. Identify one that can involve time spent with a minor. In a supervised manner, find a way to spend time with a minor sharing that activity that you love to do.
4. Become more informed about human trafficking by reading Rescue and Restore Campaign fact sheets and other materials. (Example: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/factsheets.html)
5. Review the indicators from the ‘orange card’. Share with a friend or co-worker. When something in your neighborhood doesn’t seem right to you or suspicious, CALL 919.856.6900 (The Wake County Sheriff’s Department). They will take the information and forward it to the sheriff in your county OR call your own sheriff.
6. Teens often are uninformed about acceptable behavior when dating. Dating abuse can be a precursor conditioning to becoming more vulnerable to human trafficking. To help a teen, learn more yourself by visiting www.loveisrespect.org.
7. Arrange to speak about human trafficking to one group to which you belong, such as book club, bridge group, church group. Use orange card. A guide is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Contact your local school and its PTA president to propose an educational program on human trafficking to be held for parents of students and all school personnel. Contact email@example.com for curriculum resources to conduct session.
9. Show respect by being kind and courteous to yourself and others. Make it your normal response. Showing respect is the antithesis to violence.
10. Switch to Fair Trade products. “Fair Trade” means the product was produced without use of slave and/or the laborers are paid a living wage. You are preventing human trafficking by increasing demand for only Fair Trade products. To learn how to identify fair trade products and other information, refer to http://www.fairtraderesource.org/.
11. Ask your pastor/priest/rabbi/minister to arrange a preventive program regarding human trafficking of minors. Resources are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for list of suggested programs.
12. Sign up to receive updates on what is going on around the state through NC Stop Human Trafficking’s website. Visit ncstophumantrafficking.wordpress.com.
13. Call your Sheriff/Police Chief and thank them for keeping our community safe. Inquire if they have specific staff assigned to investigate potential human trafficking cases. If they need training, offer to get a list of training options to them available from email@example.com.
14. Call your local newspaper, TV, and radio stations and ask for more coverage about human trafficking, especially domestic minor sex trafficking.
15. Ask your local librarian to help you find books about trafficking of minors.
16. Call a local hotel or motel and ask if they have implemented the no human trafficking CODE in their hotel. You can find more about this CODE at http://www.thecode.org/. For further background information, go to www.ecpat.net and read under Combating Child Sex Tourism.
17. Get to know your neighbors. Resolve to learn about those you do not yet know. Knowing your neighborhood is a positive preventative action.
18. Talk with a local youth leader [YMCA, YWCA, Boys/Girls Club, Scouts] about including trafficking prevention in their programming. Suggestions available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
19. Keeping our minors less vulnerable is key to helping them resist coercion and fraud used by traffickers. Search Institute has extensive research to show what can increase a minor’s choice of positive over negative responses. Visit http://www.search-institute.org/ to learn one way you can equip a minor to make more positive choices.
20. Almost 100% of victims of human trafficking (and majority of traffickers) have experienced some type of abuse in their childhood. Find a way you can support those who are focused on prevention of child abuse. Visit Darkness to Light at www.d2l.org.