You can help end Human Sexual Trafficking. Here’s how:
Pray and get others praying (for trafficked persons, people vulnerable to being trafficked, traffickers and consumers in the commercial sex industry, supportive families and churches for trafficked persons, government leaders, the Church and all those fighting trafficking).
Learn more, and become more informed about the issue. Look at websites, read books or articles or watch documentaries. If you’re a student, use this topic for a research project for school. If you are a teacher or youth group leader, inform students about human trafficking.
Talk about this issue with your friends, your church, your family, your co-workers.
Host a movie and discussion night. Watch a documentary or rent a movie such as Human Trafficking or Taken and then discuss the movie after. Movies can be borrowed from The Salvation Army Ethics Centre. These movies will give you insight into how traffickers operate and how it must feel to be trafficked or to have one of your family members trafficked. These movies are not suitable for children.
Write to your Member of Parliament, voicing your concern about human sex trafficking. Share with her/him that as a member or friend of The Salvation Army, you are committed to prayer, prevention, protection and restoration. Click here for letter-writing tips. Type the letter if possible, and don’t forget to add the date, your MP’s name and address, as well as your name, address and contact phone number/ email address. To find out who your Member of Parliament is, click here and enter your postal code. Make sure to address your MP properly (for example, you may need to use the title “honourable”). Click here for tips. All letters to MPs can be sent to the following address: MP’s Name, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 and do not require postage. If possible, make a connection between sexual trafficking and your own neighbourhood or constituency. Once you have become informed about human trafficking, call your MP and make an appointment to visit him/her, and encourage others in your family or church to connect with their MPs as well.
Organize an awareness event to share information with your church, community, school, friends, youth group, etc., about human trafficking. This could be a booth at a community event, a concert or speaker event or an evening of sharing at your home over dinner. Be creative!
Support Fair Trade initiatives that give people in developing countries choices. Sacrifice the extra bit of money to make sure that products are Fair Trade-certified. It can make a big difference in people’s lives. (To learn more, download a Fair Trade Bible study.)
Speak out against sexism/gender inequalities that come up in everyday life. Why not write an article for your local newspaper?
Avoid pornography in all of its forms.
Mentor a young person, modeling righteous living and showing a healthy, positive form of relationship.
Volunteer your time with a local anti-human trafficking organization.
Be on the lookout for those who may have been trafficked and report any suspected cases immediately.