Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 20

That’s just awful. In the book you discuss a lot of those things, like what to look for because that’s a big help in and of itself, if people just report these things, right, but I mean it’s everything from kids that go door to door selling magazines that are perhaps mentally or financially linked in with someone that is keeping them enslaved, to this story, to all sorts of incidences, so you have a great list of what to look for and also just resources on how people can help, right?

Yeah, yeah, absolutely

And you also have a blog, correct?

Yes, I blog at AbolitionistMama.blogspot.com

Know the National Human Trafficking Hotline number - 888-373-7888. Use it to report a concern and share it with others. You don’t have to know for sure someone is being trafficked to report a concern. If you don’t voice your concern, there is no way law enforcement will know it is a concern. Here is where the ordinary citizen is necessary. If you suspect or even wonder if a person might be under duress at a particular job, call the hotline number or text (233733) to report. Also put the number on a piece of paper and hand it to the person saying something like, “If this job isn’t what you thought it would be and you can’t seem to get out of it, call this number for help.” If you are concerned about a particular business in your neighborhood, call the hotline to share your concerns.

Don’t be a John. Do not pay for sex or sexual services. Do you want to make sure no child is sold for sex? Then don’t participate in this industry in any way. Children, teens, women, boys, and men would not be sold for sex if there were not buyers. This includes pornography. There is no way of knowing if what you are viewing is a choice or someone being forced. There have been countless cases of where women and men, girls and boys are being forced into the work one is watching on their screen. And to be clear - ANYTIME someone under the age of 18 is being used it is crime.

Support organizations that work tirelessly to advocate for and care for survivors of human trafficking. www.polarisproject.org is a good place to begin and where you can search for other organizations in your local area.

Educate yourself and educate others. Read books and articles about the problem and talk about it. Don’t let this be a taboo subject. Share with others what you are learning.

Contact both your local and national leaders and let them know you care about this issue and ask them what they know and what they are doing to use their positions of power to end slavery. This includes your city council.

Support your local law enforcement. Ask your city manager and chief of police what kind of human trafficking training officers have received and what it would take for them to receive more. Every office should be adequately trained. Slavery continues in a variety of forms and where laws are not enforced trafficking runs rampant."

"8) Talk to your faith leaders and see how your local faith community can engage with other anti-trafficking efforts. Some of the most effective anti-trafficking work in the world was started and is supported by faith communities."

"9) Buy Fair Trade products. Slavery has been documented in nearly all of our commodities and production of goods from cotton, to chocolate, coffee, gold, and minerals found in our make-up, electronics, iron, rice, and sugar. Slavery has"

"tainted our supply chain of goods. Choosing to purchase Fair Traded goods helps"

"communicate to all companies that products produced without slavery are what we will buy. Flex your purchasing power. Learn more at: www.madeinafreeworld.com."

"10) Slow down, make eye contact, and be kind to others. Part of putting an end to human trafficking is the simply idea of treating others as you would like to be"

"treated and to be aware. If you see something, say something."

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Earlier Article conducted by Michael Porter, interviewing Kimberly McCowen Yin for Anglican Review