10 ways YOU can fight human trafficking

Hi there, friend. If you’re here from Midday Connection, welcome! (The show airs at 1:00pm EST on Tuesday, January 21, so if you’re reading this before that time, you can catch the show live here. I’ll be on the 2nd half of the show.)

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and that was today’s Midday topic. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed and/or paralyzed, you’re not alone.

Trust me.

Hopefully, this post will calm your heart and reassure you that it’s easier than you think to make a difference. (Really truly.)

Tomorrow’s post will provide a more extensive list of resources to both educate yourself and get involved, but today I just want to share 10 Action Steps you can take to help fight human trafficking.

And it’s perfectly okay (and awesome) to just choose ONE of them right now.

Just one. You can totally do this. Like a guy named Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

You don’t have to do everything, all the things. You don’t even have to do most of the things. Just start with one thing. One.

But whatever you do, refuse to do nothing.

You ready? Here we go!

10 Simple Action Steps to Fight Human Trafficking:

1. Pray. Yes, prayer is an action step. And, by far, the most important one. You can pray for victims, for law enforcement, for rescuers, for the men who buy children for sex (this is a tough one), for wisdom about how you can help, for God to intervene. And if you don’t know what to pray, this wonderful booklet is a great place to start. (And here’s a really helpful list of things to pray.)

2. Donate $10 to The Hard Places Community. We spent a month with this organization in Cambodia two years ago and got to experience God working through them in the city of Phnom Penh. They (mostly Cambodians and a few Americans) are sharing the light of Jesus in a very dark place. ($10 is not a magic number. You can absolutely donate $5 or $6.50 or $100; just open that wallet and give something.)

3. Ask a friend to listen to today’s Midday Connection program and discuss it with you. This is not a fight we can fight alone. Having a friend get involved is such a blessing.

4. Watch (and share) this 5-minute video (IJM celebrates 15 years of Justice). IJM (International Justice Mission) is one of the best organizations out there, working with local law enforcement to free modern-day slaves around the globe.

5. Watch The Dark Side of Chocolate. And commit to buying Fair Trade chocolate. (Here’s a good post from my friend, Tsh, to get you started.)

6. Read We Dream of Cambodia: A Family Leaves Their Hearts on the Other Side of the Globe. This is an e-book I just released two weeks ago about our family’s trip to Cambodia. It’s available on Amazon, or I’d be happy to send you a free PDF if you just shoot me an e-mail here.

7. Get a few friends together in your city/town/neighborhood on April 6 and Walk Against Traffick for 10 miles. I’ll be sharing more details soon. Here’s a link (and here’s another) to the events we’ve done in the past.

8. Make something (a piece of jewelry/a scarf/a batch of chocolate chip cookies/a set of note cards/an ornament) or find something “valuable” around your house (books/picture frames/necklace/Pampered Chef stuff you never use/etc) and sell it on Facebook and give the money to an organization fighting human trafficking. Like this one. Or this one. Or this one. (My girls have started their own “business” called The Dancing Elephant, and they give all their proceeds to Cambodia.)

9. Buy a t-shirt from an organization like She Has a Name and wear it every time it’s clean. Great conversation starter.

10. Pray. I know I already used that one, but it’s super-duper important. Super. Duper.

That wasn’t so bad, was it? Did one of those 10 catch your eye? Watch a video? Read a free e-book? A t-shirt? Sell something?

I’d love to hear from you. Either:

1. Which # you decided to go for.

2. What you’d add to the list.

See you back here tomorrow with an extensive list of resources for you to explore!

p.s. Moody Radio has put together a GREAT resource site called Free Them Today. Check it out!

18 thoughts on “10 ways YOU can fight human trafficking

  1. Pallavi Srivastava

    Very good article. Human Trafficking has become one the biggest challenge to be fought against. I think the following article will interest you. Its about the correlation between online pornography and human trafficking. It also addresses common myths of pornography and throws light about the terrible circumstances victims go through.
    Our Ironical Passion.
    Hope you will share it as much as you can and help to spread the awareness. We all know, how crucial it is to aware all against human trafficking.

  2. Todd

    We’ve been made aware of disturbing facts that Ohio is the portal to the West for human trafficking in America. Organizations in Central Ohio like DOMA, Teen Challenge, Judge Herbert and Gov. Kasich are making efforts to help, awareness and crack down on this tragedy. Teens in the suburbs are being targeted at our most popular malls – proving it’s not an inner city danger. Our church sent “missionaries” to Cambodia through Asia’s Hope to love the orphans there, yet most don’t realize how much of an issue this is becoming even in America.

    1. Marla Taviano

      You’re right, Todd. And I mentioned She Has a Name, an organization fighting trafficking right here in Columbus. And in my post yesterday, I talked about my friend Krysten who gives all of her jewelry proceeds to Doma. It’s super important that we know, understand, and fight what’s happening in our city. But here’s why we need to help those in developing countries too. If someone gets caught raping a minor in Ohio, he’s going to pay for it. In places like Cambodia, thousands of little girls and boys are getting raped every single night and nothing is being done. The perpetrators get away with it, the law “enforcement” enforces nothing (in fact, they’re often in on it). It’s bad here, but it’s horrific over there.

  3. Lisa Basner

    Sorry, I didn’t get my response in yesterday. I ready your book – LOVE!!! God has used it to push me towards giving more. The kids and I are brainstorming ways we can make and sell items and give the money to those in need. I’m excited that they are excited and wanting to do this! They are inspired by your kiddos!!! (And so am I!) 🙂

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  5. Krysten

    You already know how much I love this! And I echo the thoughts of previous folks who mentioned the links between pornography, orphans, and trafficking. The problem is very widespread and has roots going every direction, which is exactly why it can be so overwhelming and paralyzing when we hear about it (I know it was certainly that way for me). I love what you are doing in this post… giving folks several doors through which to take their first steps. I am confident that in doing so, (especially in conjunction with #1 and#10!) the Holy Spirit will lead each one of us down the path we are meant to walk that will get us to the end of slavery once and for all. We can all take a small step, that when added together with everyone else’ steps, will make a BIG difference!! I just want to encourage everyone who has read this post to pray AND consider taking one of the other practical steps mentioned. There are SO many ways to get involved and we need everyone to help put this evil away. You can do it!!

  6. lydia peller

    Thank you for sharing with us today. I am grateful to have your list of ways we can help that is easy to share with others. But along the same lines as the comment by John re: orphans, I don’t know how we can talk about sex trafficking and not talk about pornography, which i believe is what most likely ignites and fuels this business.

  7. Ashley Rimkus

    It was so good to hear you on moody jut now, and be able to learn more about what’s going on and the ways I can pray and act on these things!!! I pray for your family and the great work Go has called you too!!

  8. John McCollum, Executive Director, Asia's Hope

    It seems to me that no discussion about human trafficking can be complete without talking about orphan care, as orphaned children are at the very highest risk of being sexually and economically exploited.

    If you want to prevent at-risk children from being exploited, find an organization that cares for orphaned kids — especially those living in developing countries with few resources available for child social services — and support them generously.

    And ask your church, business or community group to support them. They are on the front lines.

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