Practical things to do about human trafficking

Be on the lookout for signs of human trafficking such as underage children working in restaurants, massage parlors, etc. If you suspect that human trafficking is happening in your neck of the woods call this anti-trafficking  hotline number – 888-3737-888 to report it. This is implemented by the Polaris Project and paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you do this to tell me what happens! (email me or leave a comment below)

Avoid buying stuff made by slaves. You may need to do internet research to do this (see next step). Now a lot of grocery stores sell FAIR TRADE chocolate and coffee and other food items, sometimes located in the organic food section. The FAIR TRADE label is a guarantee by a third party that the product was not made using slave labor. I just bought a bag of fair trade coffee from The Daily Audio Bible.

Buy local food when possible. Gretchen and I buy food from a local farmer – pay for it in the winter and then get it in the  Spring, Summer, and Fall directly from them. https://markcole.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/farm-party/

Set up news alerts for human trafficking and your city or county using google news search.

Inform your friends about modern day slavery. There are tens of millions of slaves in our global market place, producing products that we buy, and over a million sex slaves, mainly women and children,  in the global sex trade. All of this needs to be ended now.

Here are sites for more information:

http://www.polarisproject.org/

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

http://www.invisiblechildren.com/home.php

http://hatcloset.blogspot.com/2009/12/ethical-holidays.html (Gretchen’s post)

more tips and trafficking news:

http://humantrafficking.change.org/

That should get you started! I am drinking a Mexican coca-cola from the local corner Mexican grocery store and it is refresco! Its in one of those old fashioned glass bottles and the Mexicans have better coke than the US does! Do not overlook tiny food stores that might be in your own very neighborhood, on the way to your supermart!

Best wishes in changing the world!

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  1. Laura

    I believe this is the call for our generation. Another great resource is ‘Half the Sky’ by Nicholas Kristof.

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