January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Prevention starts with awareness, so I wanted to make a post about this. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry today, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe, including right here in the USA. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Whoa man, that’s insane. What can I do to help raise awareness and bring an end to this craziness?” Well chillax man, because I’m gonna tell you.
You can start by educating yourself. I recommend checking out the A21 campaign, which can be found here –http://www.thea21campaign.org/index.php?linkid=2319, as well the End It Movement, which can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/ENDITMovement. Both are great organizations that offer more information. For some basic facts, check out this article from dosomething.org – https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-human-trafficking.
Second step: Passing on the information! Do some research, share this post, write your own, write a status, tweet about it, tell your dog, tell your mom, tell your hairdresser, your hairdressers mom, and your hairdressers moms dog. You can be casual about it. Just say something simple like this: “Hey man did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month? I read online that there’s an estimated 27 million people in slavery all over the world, right now! Crazy right?” See? It’s actually not too hard, I believe in you. Even if you just tell one other person, that totally counts.
Third step: That’s actually all I’m asking you to do. If you took the time to read all of this, that warms my heart. If you took the time to checkout the websites I mentioned, maybe gave their Facebook pages a like, or better yet did your own research? That warms my heart even more. If you feel inclined to go even farther than that, and choose to donate or volunteer in some way, that’s totally rad of you. Truthfully however, the first thing we need to do is make sure everyone knows that Human Trafficking is a real thing. So if you take up the courage to start a conversation about Human Trafficking with someone, you’re actually my hero.
A favorite quote of mine is this:
“I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai
That right there – that’s what this is all about. So please, if you have a chance, share this information, and raise up your voice, so that those who are in slavery across the globe, who need someone like you to speak for them, can be heard.
Thank you tons.
Peace and love to you, Meghan