7 Ways You Can Help In The Fight Against Human Trafficking

It's everyone's responsibility.

When A Plus co-founder Ashton Kutcher testified before Congress about his work with Thorn regarding the horrors of human trafficking around the world, it sparked a huge number of comments from concerned people seeking ways that they might become involved. As part of our ongoing effort to help people help others, we've assembled a short list of ways that you can help the victims of human trafficking. We encourage you to share this article with friends and family members.

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1. Become aware: learn the indicators.

The State Department has list of red flags: signs and indicators that a victim of human trafficking might exhibit. They also offer links to free training to help build human trafficking awareness.

2. If you suspect something, say something.

If you suspect someone might be a victim of human trafficking, contact law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center line at 1-888-373-7888. Better safe than sorry.

3. Raise money, share resources.

4. Spread the word.

A selection of posters, brochures, and other informational material is available for download from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

5. Make it an issue.

Contact local, state, and federal officials to ask them what they're doing to combat human trafficking. Hold them accountable for voting for legislation that aids in the ongoing fight against human trafficking and forced labor.

6. Be a conscious consumer.

Be aware of countries that are producing and exporting products made by child or forced labor. The U.S. Department of Labor has an excellent resource that details some of the worst offenders. 

7. Volunteer.

Look for local opportunities to volunteer against human trafficking. An excellent resource for opportunities near you can be found here.

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