Practical Ways to Fight against Sex Trafficking:

Go to the Demand Change Project event on May 13-14, 2011. More information is provided here: www.demandchangeproject.org

Educate yourself:

(Recourse list at the end of this blog posting)

a.      Read newspaper articles, blogs, nonprofit and government resources, anything with recent information about the issue

b.      Attend seminars, meet with front-line program staff, do informational interviews

c.       Know the statistics, the trends, etc.

d.      Get trained on how to respond to victims, know where you can refer victims—you never know when you will meet one, and you need to know how to respond without hurting the victim more.

Raise awareness:

a.      Tell your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, anyone you meet about how common, how close, and how much sex trafficking is impacting your community, city, state, nation—the world.

b.      Emphasize that this is a local issue. Many people think it’s something that only happens in boarder towns or in other countries or in Las Vegas. It happens in every single community: at truck stops, airports, theme parks, sporting events, schools, online, etc.

c.       Express your stance against sex trafficking via social networks, blogs, etc.

d.      Educate others in healthy sexuality, especially young men, to break the cycle of demand.

e.      Set up awareness conferences, seminars. Make a 5 minute presentation at your church or school. Set up a booth at a mall. Create flyers.

f.        Go to events such as the Demand Change event on May 13-14, 2011 in St. Paul.

Get involved:

a.      Participate in rallies, stands, walks, events, etc. that promote change.

b.      Provide support and services to victims of abuse, helping prevent further victimization of children.

c.       Volunteer with local initiatives in either raising awareness or in providing services to victims or convicts.

d.      Start a local program to serve the victims of sex trafficking. Partner with law enforcement, with other nonprofits like Breaking Free. Create new transitional and permanent supportive homes.

 

There are less than 100 beds in the US for trafficked victims—Breaking Free has a waiting list of 80 women. It takes at least 7 years for a victim to get to a place of stability, we need more than just a shelter for a few nights—we need more life-changing programs.

And if you are a Christian—Pray. Do not cease praying. For God hears our prayers. Get angry with righteous anger, like Jesus did. Show compassion, as Jesus did, towards the prostitutes. Share the Gospel, and change their world—because that is where hope can begin. These victims need to know that they are worth something. That they are worth saving. That they are made in God’s image and that Christ died to save them.

Resources:

http://sourceannex.org/ — local imitative against sex trafficking.

http://www.breakingfree.net/ — nonprofit that provides services and housing to victims of sex trafficking

http://www.dps.state.mn.us/OJP/cj/httf/about.htm — Human Sex Trafficking Taskforce

The Salvation Army Combating Human Trafficking – Resources and information about human trafficking both nationally and internationally as well as how The Salvation Army is fighting against human trafficking.

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