Currently, in the U.S., the average age of entry into sex trafficking is just 12 years old. Be a voice for these 12 year olds with these 12 ways to join the fight against modern day slavery.
1. TAKE the Slavery Footprint Survey and learn how many slaves work for you – based on the things you purchase, wear, eat, and use on a daily basis. SlaveryFootprint.org
2. Be a conscious consumer. SHOP at the New Creation Shoppe (and other Fair Trade stores like Artisans Hope, Ten Thousand Villages, and Green Hummingbird).
3. VOLUNTEER at the New Creation Shoppe. Fill out an application HERE
4. DEMAND that your senators, representatives, and government officials make fighting slavery a top priority. Look up yours at opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
5. BE AWARE. If you suspect trafficking, call the National Trafficking Hotline. Plug the number into your phone. 1-888-373-7888
6. Don’t view pornography. ENCOURAGE your friends to stop. Human Trafficking and pornography are closely linked. When you consume pornography, you are supporting trafficking.
7. Become an ADVOCATE for at risk youth. Orphans, foster children and others are more likely to become victims of trafficking, slavery, and sexual exploitation.
8. Get educated and LEARN the facts. Read books about slavery, start a book club, watch a documentary, or host a screening. Then, boldly use social media and opportunities in your community and sphere of influence to speak up.
9. ACT LOCALLY. Get your Church, friends, or community group involved in fundraising, volunteering, and serving at a local organization caring for women and children who have been sexually exploited.
10. Be creative. USE YOUR GIFTS to raise awareness and fight for freedom right where you are. Write articles, make films, host events, GO! – the options are endless.
11. Volunteer in your community. TEACH a life skills class, be an academic mentor, be a Big Brother/Big Sister, serve meals to at-risk individuals or volunteer at a homeless shelter in your area.
12. Help PREVENT human trafficking by teaching young people that slavery still exists. Parents, educators, youth, and college students can help raise up the next generation of 21st century abolitionists. www.prevention-project.org