Invest in or raise funds for an anti-trafficking organization in your community
Organizations need funds to provide services to survivors. Find an organization near you and collaborate with them to start a fundraiser aimed at supporting survivors and working to eradicate trafficking.
Invest in Girls’ Education
Cultural factors such as the perceived inferior status of young girls often denies them formal education. While some parents are willing to sell either their male or female child in situations of extreme financial hardship, the female child is the first to go because of her lower status in the family. By Investing in girls’ education, you are supporting a girl who becomes aware of her rights, and with more opportunities to support her family.
Purchase from businesses that work with or are run by Former Trafficked Persons
In addition to making purchases that are slavery-free, former trafficked persons have also started numerous business to support themselves and to support the anti-trafficking movement. Purchasing items made by these individuals will allow them to rebuild their lives and further support the anti-trafficking movement. One example is Sari Bari, which provides employment opportunities for formerly exploited women.
Donate Needed Amenities
Survivors of trafficking are often in desperate need of food, clothing, shelter, translators, medical attention, transportation, crisis counseling and other services. Agencies providing emergency shelters and transitional housing are in need of small and large donations of household items, clothing, and food, among other things. Contact your local anti-trafficking organization to see what is most needed, and mobilize a group or organize a drive to collect donated goods.
Demand Slave-Free Goods
Even if you never come face-to-face with a slave, your shirt may very well have been sewn by one. Be an informed consumer who refuses to directly or indirectly exploit others. Be willing to change your habits of consumption to better reflect your values even if this requires a slight increase in the cost for a product or service. Listed are some resources to aid you in making conscientious choices about what you are buying:
- My Slavery Footprint: Similar to your Ecological footprint, the Slavery Footprint allows you to measure the extent to which your consumption is connected to slavery and trafficking.
- FairtradeUSA: Fair Trade mitigates the use of trafficking through fair business practices and certification of goods so you know that what you are buyingwas made fairly.
- Products of Slavery:An interactive website that shows where and what products are produced using child labor or forced labor.
- GoodWeave:Works to end child labor in the carpet industry by assessing and certifying fair practices. GoodWeave also produces rugs and provides education and opportunities to formerly trafficked and at-risk children.