Myth: There is nothing I can personally do to stop sex trafficking.
Reality: There are many options for everyone to help in some way!
The magnitude and pervasiveness of sex trafficking can feel overwhelming. What can one person possibly do to bring an end to this dark industry and help those who have been exploited?
We’re glad you asked.
Even if your job does not specifically combat sex trafficking, there are many ways you can join the fight and make an impact!
1. Recognize the signs of sex trafficking so that you can report any suspicious behavior.
Some signs that an individual is being trafficked include unexplained absences from class, signs of physical abuse (such as burn marks, bruises, or cuts), unexplained new expensive clothing or tattoos, an older boyfriend, or a person that is withdrawn and often distracted. To report a tip or get help, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888). Remember, if you see something, say something!
2. Stay informed about the specific laws and news surrounding sex trafficking.
To join efforts to strengthen your state’s laws, check out Shared Hope’s Stop the InJustice Campaign. Contact your representatives to pass laws that will protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. You can also check out Street Ransom’s In the News page on our website to keep up-to-date with local cases and the progress on laws regarding sex trafficking.
3. Don’t contribute to the sexual exploitation of children and women.
The connection between pornography and sex trafficking is undeniable. Pornography contributes to the commodification and degradation of women and increases the demand for sex trafficking. By viewing porn, consumers subconsciously begin to view women as tools for sexual pleasure. The addictive nature of pornography eventually leads consumers to want to act out their sexual fantasies. This can lead men to purchase sex from someone they think is a consenting adult, but who may actually be a victim of trafficking.
There’s also no way of telling whether a porn performer is in this industry by choice or if she/he is a victim of force, fraud, or coercion. Many survivors of sex trafficking said that porngraphy was made of them while they were being trafficked to “advertise” their services. To learn more, check out Fight the New Drug. To find help to break free from pornography addiction, visit Proven Men’s website.
4. Support Street Ransom’s efforts to serve survivors and spread awareness.
Help us reach our fundraising goal so that we can open our shelter to serve juvenile survivors of sex trafficking in 2018! For $200, you can Support a Survivor, which covers the cost of housing and services for one girl for one day in our crisis shelter. You can also request a speaker from Street Ransom to bring further awareness about sex trafficking to your workplace, church, friend group, etc. Want to join the efforts of others organizations in the area who are combating sex trafficking? Check out and support our friends in the fight.
There are many more ways to help, but these are all great places to begin! Use these resources and start conversations with your friends and family to increase knowledge of sex trafficking. You can play a part in bringing an end to this dark industry.