1. EDUCATE YOURSELF
Learn about industries that buy, sell and exploit human beings and the different forms of human trafficking (HT) including forced labour, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and forced crime. Stay informed, start google alerts for “Human Trafficking” and "Slavery". Check out the largest library of human trafficking resources compiled by Freedom Collaborative. Start now by taking this free online HT course.
Become a human trafficking abolitionist. There has been a lot of political and social engagement around trafficking. Participate in local walks, events and network forums.
3. SHOP FREE
Make lifestyle choices that do not promote global inequality. Take the test and calculate your slavery footprint. Buy Fair Trade products. Seek out local markets and shops that are committed to fair trade products. Look for Fair Trade products in your local grocery stores (often found in the nature or organics section). Request Fair Trade products where they are not available. If a deal seems too good to be true, train yourself to wonder whether the low price might be due to exploitation. Inform companies who are not committed to fair trade why you are not purchasing their product.
4. BECOME AN ADVOCATE
Question the normalization of language, behaviour and conduct that condones the commodification of people. Write letters to governments and corporations advocating for just laws and practices.
5. EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Discuss it widely. Encourage others to learn to spot the signs of human trafficking. See our Get Talking page for ideas.
6. PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY
Consider how you can do this in your daily life. Support the education of women and girls, here and in developing countries. Do not stigmatize prostituted people.
7. HELP AND SUPPORT CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Vulnerable youth are often targets for traffickers. Show children that healthy relationships and families do exist. Consider becoming a foster parent or participate in a big brother/big sister program. Youth, by simply befriending and showing kindness to fellow students who seem to be alone or struggling you can make a difference in someone's life.
Connect with a local network or check out www.freedomcollaborative.org to find local organizations looking for volunteers in anti-human trafficking work.
9. DONATE AND/OR FUNDRAISE
Help support organizations that are working to raise awareness about human trafficking and offer support to people who have been trafficked. Consider organizing an event yourself! This can be a great way to raise awareness.
10. CONNECT ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Like us on Facebook. Start the conversation with your network by getting engaged online. Follow other networks and organizations to stay connected and engaged.