Take steps to put a stop to scourge of human trafficking
Jameel Essop, of the non-profit Stop Human Trafficking Now, has suggested several ways that the trafficking scourge can be curtailed.
“These solutions to human trafficking can be applied to the lives of people everywhere,” he said.
● Education. Being educated on signs that could indicate someone is a victim of human trafficking increases the likelihood of reporting and could give a voice to victims who do not feel comfortable speaking out for themselves. Signs that someone is a victim of human trafficking come in several categories. Poor work and living conditions, poor mental health and lack of control are some of the main areas to look for.
● Boycott products and companies that permit human trafficking. Many goods produced in the United States and abroad are products of victims of human trafficking. An easy way to find out what products contribute to a “slavery footprint”, is the Department of Labour’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labour or Forced Labour.
● Help survivors. Donate clothes and other goods to shelters for victims of human trafficking. Also, encourage businesses to give jobs to survivors, helping them get back on their feet and get a fresh start. If applicable, offering legal advice to survivors allows them an opportunity to not only move forward but to gain justice.
● Fundraising. Holding a fundraiser and donating the money raised to one of the organisations that help to fight human trafficking not only gives money to the cause but also brings awareness to the issue.
● Volunteer. Volunteering time and effort to an anti-trafficking organisation is a great way to contribute to the fight against human trafficking.
● Advocate. Reaching out to local representatives informs them that their constituents are passionate about fighting human trafficking, and brings the issue to their attention.
● Hold events to raise awareness. Raising awareness for human trafficking can also get more people involved.
● Stay informed. There are many anti-trafficking non-profits with blogs that people can subscribe to, keeping them in the loop of any new information or solutions to human trafficking.
● Travel. When travelling abroad, it is beneficial to look up the emergency phone number of the given country.