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Rescue is the first thing people usually think of when they think of helping with human trafficking. It is what people do when they go directly into situations where people are being trafficked and try to get them out. Sometimes, it is direct, for example, entering neighborhoods at night that tend to have much high levels of sex trading and trying to talk to the women working. Sometimes it is less direct, like mentoring young people who are currently in the trade. Sometimes, it is entirely indirect, like hosting a hotline or reporting something suspicious in your neighborhood. Always, rescue is work with current victims of human trafficking. This may seem glamorous as it is the place where you are most likely to be working directly with victims. However, because victims are so sensitive, this is also a very difficult job. It requires much training and a large time commitment as well as screenings that could end up cutting you simply because you don’t fit the organizations ‘je n’ai sais qua’. In the end though, people working with rescue love what they are doing and end up doing direct work that really changes people’s lives.
Survivor aid is a great way to work directly with victims in a less intensive manner than rescue. Instead of working with current victims, you work with those already out who are trying to build their lives anew. It is highly rewarding and can range in time commitments. Survivor aid is also a really nice because it allows you to bring your personal skills into the work you do with victims of human trafficking. If you are good at organizing or building a budget or looking for jobs for example, you could be incredibly helpful in job and life training. If you are good at cooking or sewing, you can teach a home ec type course that could help people build healthier, more self sustaining homes. Mentorship is also a good way to show victims of human trafficking how great life outside of trafficking can be, and all you have to do is be an accessible friend. Ultimately, survivor aid is a great way to get involved with a cornucopia of options!
Educating at risk youth, people who are in trafficking, johns, potential pimps and current pimps as well as people outside the life style are all important ways to help the fight against human trafficking. Education is a hard but incredibly necessary part of our fight. Doing it well requires good communication skills and a decent amount of time, but it is the kind of work that in the end you really help people by doing.
Rights for human trafficking victims, legalization versus criminalization issues and so much more fall under the auspices of advocacy work. If you are interested in government, law, rights, and policy it is a great way to combine those interest with service to human trafficking victims. As victims need all the help they can get in this area, this is an amazing way to get involved!
One way to help human trafficking is to help the victims. Another is to help the organizations who are helping the victims. This can include anything from fundraising to event planning to attendence of shows to donating. Though it is not as glamourous as more direct service, it is one of the most profound ways to get involved with the fight because you can see up close and personally all the work that needs to be done behind the scenes to help victims. Furthermore, it can be a way to get involved in a more short term way before committing to something more intense. Victims of human trafficking need you, but often the best thing you can do is help the people who are already helping them get what they need done, done.
Fighting human trafficking needn’t be a physical fight. It can grow from building a community of people who know that this is an issue that needs to be ended. Building and being part of these groups is a great way to fight human trafficking as well as make friends and serve. We hope that getting people in touch with these groups can result in a lively community of service minded individuals fighting against human trafficking in our cities.
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