7 ways You Can Help Stop Child Trafficking
1. Know the signs. What makes a child vulnerable to trafficking? An unstable living situation, struggles with poverty, or a background in the child welfare system are just some of the indicators.
2. Report a tip. If you are in the U.S. and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, call the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888
3. Spread the word! Raise awareness about child trafficking and connect people to resources in your community. Share info through social media, discussions within community groups, or conversation with friends.
4. Register for training. SOAR Online and OnWatch™ both offer free, 1-hour training modules online on how to recognize and help combat trafficking in America.
5. Raise your voice. Contact your local and state representatives to let them know you care about combating human trafficking and ask what they are doing to address it.
6. Mentor. Become a mentor to a young person who has aged out of foster care. Traffickers often target people who lack strong support systems. As a mentor, you can be involved in new and positive experiences in that person’s life during a formative time.
7. Foster. Become a foster parent, or support foster families in your community. Children moved through unstable households are extremely at-risk for trafficking. Parents and foster parents should learn how human traffickers often target and recruit youth and who to turn to for help in potentially dangerous situations.