There are many ways to help combat human trafficking besides donating money! You can contact your elected representatives about supporting important legislation to combat the crime and help survivors. You can learn more about how human trafficking really works and help educate others. And you can volunteer in your community to fight not just trafficking but the factors that lead to trafficking – including poverty, addiction and hopelessness.
Most people assume that the 13th amendment entirely abolished legal slavery in the United States. But there is an exception: Prison labor. Unscrupulous corporations and governments looking to plug holes in their budgets have used this exception to turn a profit. This is trafficking, and it is not what the framers intended.
LGBTQ+ people are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers in part because bias and discrimination in things like jobs and housing gives traffickers an opening to step in. The Equality Act would make such discrimination illegal under federal law.
Survivors should not have to pay federal taxes on money they win by facing down their traffickers in court. Contact your Senators and ask them to support the bipartisan Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act (S.895).
Love – or at least the illusion of it – is a powerful weapon in the hands of sex traffickers. Pledge to learn more about how traffickers groom vulnerable people to cooperate in their own exploitation – and to have the hard conversations necessary to stop it if you see it.