Restoring survivors is important work but does not stop the problem. How do we END human trafficking?

To eliminate trafficking we need to get to the root of the issue-demand.

First, we must take an honest look at ourselves and see how we are contributing to the problem. You might not own slaves, exploit vulnerable people at your business or pay for sexual acts, but what about the people who make your clothes or shoes? What about the laborers who picked your produce or mined the minerals used to make your phone? What about the people in front of the camera on that porn site? 

Do you know if they are being exploited or trafficked?

Both labor trafficking and sex trafficking are driven by demand.

This means that industries such as textiles, electronics, hospitality services, restaurants and food service, traveling sales crews, agriculture, construction and the commercial sex industry (i.e. pornography, strip clubs, and prostitution) are susceptible to trafficking.

Additionally, in a study of 854 women in prostitution across nine countries, 49% said that porn had been made of them while they were in prostitution, and 47% said they had been harmed by men who had either forced or tried to force their victims to do things the men had seen in porn.

BUT we can be a part of the solution. 

Listen to the talent of the show the Outlaws from WFCB Radio voice our #demandnomore PSA.

Step 1: Educate yourself and others!

DEMAND. Documentary: This documentary, produced by Shared Hope International, focuses on demand factors for sex trafficking, one of the most significant being pornography. It also addresses how all forms of commercial sexual exploitation such as pornography, stripping and prostitution are connected to all other forms such as sex trafficking and sex slavery. https://vimeo.com/70637039

Fight the New Drug has great articles on how consuming porn hurts your brain, your heart, and our world. http://www.fightthenewdrug.org/

Global Centurion has mapped hubs of demand on a global scale. “The purpose of these maps is to assist in understanding what drives the trade in human beings worldwide.” https://bit.ly/3Vai4bx

Step 2: Do Something!

Refuse to click. Make the choice to give up porn and set people free. http://bit.ly/1sreudv

Take the pledge to demand no more through Defenders USA.  http://bit.ly/1IAYIhH

Block pornographic content on all of your devices using http://x3watch.com/.

Download our infographic of this information to share with your friends and family.

Step 1: Educate yourself and others!

Log on to www.slaveryfootprint.org to see how many slaves you employ. 

Download our infographic to share with your friends and family.  

Step 2: Do something!

Download Free2Work or the Better World Shopping app on your phone! These apps can help you make wise choices when shopping.

Find stores around you that have transparent supply chains (e.g., Starbucks, New Balance, Patagonia, Timberland, Trader Joes, Whole Foods) so that you know where to shop! They even post their supply chain audits online for people to see!

Find organizations that employ people saved out of human trafficking. Here are a few examples: Imani Jewlery (http://www.imanilove.com/) Trade as One (http://tradeasone.com/) Sak Saum (http://saksaum.com/)

Step 3: Let organization’s know!

When you aren’t buying a product anymore (say Hershey) write them a letter and let them know if they offered more slave-free products you would buy them. They can’t change if they don’t know.