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National Day of Action to End Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Today

by Amanda Kloer

Today, thousands of advocates from across the country are coming together to take action against child sex trafficking in America. They’re calling their representatives in Congress, signing petitions, and supporting the grassroots campaign to pass national legislation that will provide critical services to American children who have been forced into the commercial sex industry. Will you join them?

In America, at least 100,000 children are forced into prostitution each year. With increased resources and an understanding that child prostitution is child trafficking, thousands of those kids are now being rescued. However, only a handful of shelter beds for those thousands currently exist. That means trafficked children have no place to go for safety, shelter, and therapeutic services. Too often, this lack of resources means law enforcement arrests these young victims  as  juvenile offenders, simply to get them to safety. This lack of resources means crime victims are being imprisoned while their traffickers and predators remain free. Continue reading

40 Ideas for Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: From Facebook to Legislation

by Amanda Kloer

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. But here in the End Human Trafficking Community at Change.org, every day is about human trafficking awareness. So to build off the awesome awareness-raising activities going on around the country, I’m bringing you ideas for action. Last year, I gave you 11 suggestions of things to do today to help end human trafficking. This year, we’re raising the bar to 40. Everything on this two-part list is a quick, easy action you can take to spread the word about and help fight modern-day slavery. But all these little actions add up fast, and if every one of the over 43,000 people in this online community did just one thing on this list, we would see a huge difference in the fight against human trafficking.

So here is my challenge to you. 1 day. 1 action. 40 ideas. What will you do to end slavery today?

40 Things I Can Do to End Slavery on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Part 1

1. Grab my cell: save the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (888-373-3888) in my phone, so I can call it if I spot potential trafficking.

2. Update my Facebook status with information about National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, even if it’s just an announcement that the day exists.

3. Tweet a link to an article about human trafficking.

4. Call my mom and tell her it’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and ask her to call at least one friend and tell them the same.

5. Email all the people in my contact book a link to this blog, or another blog about human trafficking.

6. Wear an article of clothing which declares my support for abolition.

7. Put an abolition bumper sticker on my car or truck.

8. Distribute National Human Trafficking Hotline wallet cards.

9. Sign a petition on Change.org.

10. Create a petition on Change.org.

11. Comment on a blog post about human trafficking on Change.org.

12. Pass out flyers in my neighborhood, school, or community.

13. Put up posters in places where it’s legal.

14. Host a video or film screening.

15. Watch human trafficking videos online with my friends, family, or co-workers.

16. Invite people over for dessert and a discussion about human trafficking.

17. Find out if my state has an anti-trafficking law.

18. Ask my state legislators to pass an anti-trafficking law.

19. Attend a Human Trafficking Awareness Day event in my community.

20. Go online and buy a book about human trafficking for myself or as a gift.

A number of these actions were inspired by the even longer list available here. Click on “Take Action” for a list of ideas specific to who you are.

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40 Ideas for Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: From Fair Trade to Fundraising

by Amanda Kloer

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. But here in the End Human Trafficking Community at Change.org, every day is about human trafficking awareness. So to build off the awesome awareness-raising activities going on around the country, I’m bringing you ideas for action. Last year, I gave you 11 suggestions of things to do today to help end human trafficking. This year, we’re raising the bar to 40. Everything on this two-part list is a quick, easy action you can take to spread the word about and help fight modern-day slavery. But all these little actions add up fast, and if every one of the over 43,000 people in this online community did just one thing on this list, we would see a huge difference in the fight against human trafficking.

So here is my challenge to you. 1 day. 1 action. 40 ideas. What will you do to end slavery today?

40 Ways to Take Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Part 2

21. Write a poem or a song about human trafficking.

22. Write to my congressman, asking what she or he is doing to address human trafficking in my area.

23. Write to my city council representative, asking what she or he is doing to address human trafficking in my city.

24. Make a video about human trafficking and put it on YouTube.

25. Find out if the products my employer buys are Fair Trade certified.

26. Ask my employer to consider buying Fair Trade certified alternatives of products.

27. Buy a cup of Fair Trade Coffee at a local coffee shop or a national chain.

28. Cook a meal for or bring food to a local anti-trafficking shelter.

29. Write a thank you note to my favorite anti-trafficking organization letting them know how much I appreciate their efforts.

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Happy Holidays From ALENOW.org

By M G Jack

Happy Holidays!

This has been a very blessed almost first year of the awareness efforts here at ALENOW.org. What had started just as a way for me to spread awareness of the issues of Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery and Exploitation has turned in to something much bigger. This blog has received thousands of hits which I promised myself I would not count until its fist anniversary in March 2010. I have received emails, comments and well wishes from many readers. I have met some great modern day abolitionists one as young as 15 and a few contributed to this blog. This undertaking has rekindled my passion for social justice and has set others on fire to fight and bring attention to these modern day horrors and crimes.  I want to say to you all during this festive time of year Happy Holidays, God Bless and Pray for a joyous Christmas for the victims and freedom for those still enslaved.

10 Things Teens Can Do To End Human Trafficking

by Amanda Kloer

image10The idea for this post came from my awesome cousin Erin who is a Sophomore in high school.  She wanted to know what teens like her can do about human trafficking.

If you think you can’t change the world while you’re in junior high or high school, think again. Teens have a lot of power (yes, you have power!) to free slaves and make the world a better place. You don’t have to lie back and accept the all problems your parents’ generation left you with. Here are 10 things you can do to help end human trafficking.

  1. Update your status. When it comes to human trafficking, making people aware slavery still exists is half that battle. Whether you use Facebook, MySpace, BlackPlanet, Twitter, or something else, make a commitment to post an item or set your status to mention human trafficking once a week. You can link to an article or blog post, or simply make a “Did you know….” statement about human trafficking, like “Did you know there are more slaves today than when slavery was legal in the 1830s?” By telling your friends, you help educate people about this important issue.
  2. Throw a viewing party. Invite your friends over to watch a movie about human trafficking and the talk about it. A film, either a documentary or fictional story, is a great way to introduce people to the issue and get them talking. Not ready to come out as an abolitionist at school? Start with your family. For some suggested short films, check out this list.
  3. Loosen chains with loose change. That change jingling around in your pocket can save lives, especially when it’s put together with a lot of other change. The International Justice Mission has a great project called Loose Change to Loosen Chains, which is a fundraiser to help slavery survivors created for schools. You can get their kit here. It’s an easy and fun project and can really make a difference in the lives of trafficking victims.
  4. Know that pimps aren’t cool. I don’t think you can be a teen today and not have heard the word “pimp” dozens of times on the radio — an it’s usually used to mean “improve.” Sure 50 Cent and Three Six Mafia claim to be pimps, but real pimps are criminals. They abuse and exploit women and girls. They steal money they don’t deserve. They are human traffickers. Who wants to be like that?
  5. Buy fair trade. When we buy only dirt cheap goods and services, traffickers enslave workers and children to make producing those products cheaper. Slaves pick our fruit, make our clothing, clean our hotel rooms, serve our food and do a number of other tasks without our knowing.  By buying Fair Trade Certified goods, you support companies and products which ensure a living wage for the producers and humane working conditions.  Learn more about what buying fair trade means.
  6. Support education and opportunities for girls. Girls, especially teen girls, make up the majority human trafficking victims because in many countries (including the U.S.) they lack the same educational and economic opportunities given to men. There are a number of international microeconomic development programs which give opportunities to girls, as well as U.S.-based organizations like the Girl Scouts which can help low-income girls afford college. Giving other girls education means they can make their own choices.
  7. Think globally, act locally. Involve your community, like your school, club, sports team or place of worship in the abolitionist movement.  It’s a built-in network to spread the word about your passion for abolition and a great place to get your feet wet as an anti-trafficking activist.  You might be surprised at what resources are available to you in your immediate community.
  8. Express the importance of freedom through art, music, or performance. A student with a love of theater and a passion for abolition once noticed that there were a number of talented actors at her school. So she wrote a short play based on real narratives of former slaves and cast her fellow students in the play. By charging a small admission fee to the show and selling products from Ten Thousand Villages, she was able to raise awareness in her community and over $1000 for a local anti-slavery NGO in a single night.
  9. If you see something fishy, say something. Is your friend in a relationship with someone who treats them badly? Is one of your classmates always absent? Does the girl who lives across the street seem like she can’t leave the house without permission? Be alert to signs in your community that someone is being held, forced to work, or abused. It’s never a good idea to intervene yourself; traffickers are dangerous criminals. But do tell someone at your school, call the police, or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-3737-888.
  10. Take action at Change.org. Here at Change.org, we have a lot you can do. Write a letter to a company asking them to stop using slave labor in making a product you like. Take a pledge to make better choices or host a fundraiser. If you don’t see an action you like, start one of your own. Check out the end human trafficking actions here.

So now you know 10 things to do to end human trafficking. And if I missed something, let me know. Or better yet, create your own project and tell me about it. The 27 million slaves all over the world are waiting for you to act. What are you waiting for?

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