As part of the Global Team of 200, I am committed to blogging at least twice a month about programs that benefit mothers and children worldwide. This month, one of the projects I was asked to blog about is the U.S. Fund for Unicef End Trafficking project.
Did you know that human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states in the U.S.? Trafficking rates are particularly high in California, Texas, Florida, and New York. force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This horrific practice can include prostitution, forced labor and more.
Human trafficking has been likened to modern-day slavery and subjects children, women, and men to pornography, and sex tourism as well as domestic servitude, factory work, and migrant farming. Human trafficking is not the same as smuggling; it does not require movement across borders.
I visited the Slavery Footprint website, put in some basic information about my family’s lifestyle, and this is my result:
Take the quiz and leave a comment – how many slaves are working for you?
But how can we reduce our need for slave labor and help Unicef end trafficking?
- Post the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-
3737-888, around your neighborhood, school, or work place.
The hotline handles calls from anyone, including witnesses,
potential victims, service providers, community members,
and people hoping to learn more. It is toll free, and can be
reached anywhere in the U.S., 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year. You can download a flyer for free at http://polarisproject.
make your own. Please ask permission before posting flyers
in coffee shops, restaurants, business locations, etc.
- Reach out and influence the life of a young girl
or boy in your community by volunteering as a tutor or
mentor. Get connected to an organization near you at
- Support policies that protect victims of trafficking.
Ask your senator to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims
Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1301). Visit volunteers.
unicefusa.org/advocate for a sample letter.
- Change the conversation by working within your
social circles. A “pimp” is not a cool guy, but someone
who abuses and exploits women. A “prostitute” is often
a victim of sexual exploitation. Help your friends rethink
their choice of language. For tips on how to talk about
these issues, visit againstourwill.org/how-to-talkabout-
- Switch to Fair Trade brands, and/or host a Fair
Trade Party. Fair Trade-certified products are produced
without slave or child labor. Profits from Fair Trade products
support farmers and laborers involved in production
and ensure that they are paid fairly and work under safe
conditions. To learn more, visit fairtradeusa.org.
So now that you know, what will you do? How will you help Unicef end trafficking?
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