Spiritual Growth

5 Ways You Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

Every one of us can do something to help stop human trafficking. Here are five ideas. Share your suggestions in the comments below.

  1. PRAY
    • Pray that God would provide volunteers, resources and funding for those who labor to stop trafficking.  
    • Pray for victims to be rescued, and that they would find hope in Jesus.
    • Pray for rescued victims to find physical, emotional and spiritual healing and courage to continue moving forward despite their wounds.
    • Pray for law enforcement to track down criminals and bring them to justice.
    • Pray for traffickers to turn from their sin and for those who exploit people by purchasing sex, services or slave-made products to change their behavior.
  2. GET INVOLVED
    Find ministries in your area and get involved on a local level. For a larger reach, try:
    • International Justice Mission, an organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.
    • Aruna Project, a non-profit organization that cares deeply about bringing and sustaining freedom to the enslaved in South Asia.
    • Cru’s Inner City ministry, which mobilizes urban churches to meet physical and spiritual needs.
    • Freedom 58 is dedicated to fighting slavery and violent oppression through advocacy, education, and action.
  3. READ
    There are a number of books on human trafficking we especially recommend:
    • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
    • Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    • The Just Church by Jim Martin
  4. BE AWARE
        Trafficking happens in restaurants, hotels, nail salons, airports and shopping malls. Look out for these signs:
    • Victims don’t have freedom to move and are closely watched.
    • Excessive security in a workplace or home can signal captivity.
    • Traffickers often “brand” their victims with tattoos of a barcode, a dollar sign, or of a man’s name.
    • If you suspect someone is being trafficked, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
  5. SPREAD THE WORD
    • Talk with friends and share information on social media regarding trafficking.
    • Warn teens and children about the schemes of human traffickers. They should never meet with anyone they don’t know. Traffickers might approach in person, online or by a mobile device.
    • For more information, see Sex Trafficking: The US’ $9.5 Billion Secret.

Rachel, a Pittsburgh native, serves as editor-in-chief of digital and print communications for Cru. A 2012 graduate of Ohio University, she received a journalism degree, which so far has taken her around the U.S., to Morocco, Russia, Spain and Moldova. Contact Rachel at Rachel.Ferchak@cru.org.

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