The best way to observe this day is to learn about human trafficking problems where you live and find ways to help prevent it before it starts and combat it where it is already taking place. Some of the best things you can do to raise awareness and do your part as an abolitionist include:
1. Learn the indicators of human trafficking and what makes someone more vulnerable to becoming a victim.
The signs for labor trafficking can look quite different from the signs for sex trafficking, however, many of the circumstances that put someone at greater risk are the same. Those include:
Exposure to substance abuse or addiction.
Facing poverty or economic need.
Unstable home life (unreliable adults, exposure to abuse).
Lack of family support (orphan and/or in child welfare system).
Women and children are the groups most affected.
2. Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 if you suspect someone is a victim. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
3. Be an informed and ethical consumer.
Shopping slow fashion, small businesses, and transparent corporations is a way to join in the fight against labor trafficking and unsafe working conditions through fast fashion and the sweat shop culture it demands.
Small businesses specifically combating human trafficking and supporting survivors include:
4. Call and email your local officials to encourage and support high engagement with combatting sex trafficking.
If we all work to end trafficking in our local area, it becomes much easier to tackle nationally and globally.
5. Learn more about human trafficking and invite others to join you by hosting a watch party to view documentaries on the subject such as:
6. Volunteer at local shelters and programs serving trafficking survivors.
For those local to Kansas City, consider volunteering with Restoration House, a long term, complete after care program for human trafficking survivors.
7. Follow survivor voices and abolitionists on social media. Some of our favorites include: