Shedding light and awareness on human trafficking

One of the key ways to confront human trafficking is awareness. Human trafficking is often depicted in highly sensationalized ways in movies, music, and news. Some common ways we see and hear trafficking depicted is like the movie Taken, or as people snatching kids off the corner in white vans, girls locked in basements, or windshield wipers being zip-tied… the list goes on and on. Though any one of those scenarios could be trafficking, it is extremely rare that we ever see trafficking present like that in our community. We tend to see it the way that is much more common and less likely to attract attention- a parent selling their child to get their next drug fix, a predator coercing young people into porn online and then profiting off it…  By making our communities aware of what trafficking actually looks like, and understanding the markers of trafficking cases, we can put in place more protective factors to create stronger safety nets. Uprising wants to expand these community-wide safety nets to create an umbrella of safety in our communities. We do not want to see anyone left out in the rain.

Some ways you can help raise awareness in your community are:

  • Host an awareness presentation- For your friends, your work, or your entire community. We can equip volunteers to give awareness presentations themselves, or you can invite us to attend and present. Request a speaker here.

  • Adopt an outreach- By spreading valuable resources into your community, you could help start an important conversation, or even save a life. You can learn more about adopting an outreach here.

  • Keep the conversation going- Once you have learned more about the issue, tell people! Spreading the word about human trafficking makes a big difference.

  • Spread good info- With access to so much information on the internet it can be hard to know what is legit, some rules of thumb are: 1. If it’s on a meme, it’s not worth sharing. 2. If there’s a statistic that is shocking, you should vet it by asking a trusted agency, or looking up the study online. Many stats shared are outdated and from small study samples that don’t reflect the true problem. 3. If there’s a graphic/stereotypical image of someone in chains, bruised/beaten, etc, please don’t reshare it. Images and graphic stories can be triggering and harmful to other victims/survivors and they often perpetuate false stereotypes of what trafficking looks like in our communities.

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