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What can you do to help stop human trafficking?

If you're a regular here, you know that human trafficking is a topic near to my heart. I have the good fortune to have a job where I can educate people about this topic and how to stop it.

Most folks want to do "something" but they don't know what. Here are a few tips:

  • Check out the Polaris Project website. Know the signs of human trafficking.
  • The next time you're at the doctor's office or the ER, ask the health care professionals if they've ever been educated re' human trafficking. Tell them about the Polaris Project website.
  • Do the same with your kids' teachers. Believe it or not, kids that are trafficked often attend school on a regular basis.
  • Talk to your local law enforcement. Ask if they have been trained to spot signs of trafficking. If you live in a rural/agricultural area, this is of great importance. Trafficking isn't just about prostitution; it's about day laborers, migrant workers, farm workers.
  • Educate your children and family members. The more people who know about trafficking, the more we'll have on "our side."
  • If you suspect trafficking, don't be afraid to speak up. Talk to the person. Let them know you can and will help.

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