Stop Sex Trafficking

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“We know what works. We can begin to defeat sex trafficking if we severely punish its national and multi-national profiteers, arrest its customers, offer a way out to its prisoners, and create self-respecting economic alternatives for children and women who are at risk. The question is: Will we?”1

How does one begin this process? The information outlined below will offer solutions for individuals or groups to work toward the abolition of sex trafficking. We must stay on the path of justice for victims. They need us, they need you.

1. Become informed

  • Visit the WakePeopleUp.com website often to read about current news and events as it relates to sex trafficking.
  • To receive our weekly email, that contains links to articles posted on our home page, sign up to be on our email list. We do not redistribute any information given.
  • Join Facebook groups with the common purpose of exposing sex trafficking and get involved with the online discussions.
  • Research the websites listed under the Resources tab on our website and become aware of the vast devastation that is happening around the world and even in your own back yard.
  • Connect with the Office for Victim of Crimes Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) for extensive information on local human trafficking task forces.

2. Educate

  • Converse about the issue of sex trafficking with people you know or meet.
  • Host a briefing or training on the topic of sex trafficking in your community by bringing together local community leaders as well as anti-trafficking experts.
  • Use social media as a means for communicating information.
  • Educate your local law enforcement, medical institutions, churches and homeless shelters about sex trafficking.
  • Forward this website to all of your contacts. Remember, no culture, race or gender is unaffected by sex trafficking.
  • Join us on Facebook and invite all of your Facebook friends to do the same.
  • Follow us on Twitter. Receive our posts instantly and retweet them. The more networking that can be done, the more awareness is brought about.
  • Hang an anti-trafficking poster in your church, business, or office.
  • Protect your children. Inform them about trafficking and be involved with the friends they hang out with. All too often young girls are lured by traffickers because their friend life is a secret from their family.

3. Volunteer

  • Work with organizations to support the operation of safe houses and shelters.
  • Sponsor children/women who are in the care of a recovery center or safe house.

4. Support Organizations

  • Financially donate to keep safe houses, recovery centers and homeless shelters operating.
  • Send emails to organizations encouraging them of their efforts. A little encouragement goes a long way.
  • Physical, emotional and spiritual attainment is needed for recovery which includes proper nourishment, safe housing, clothing, disease health care, counseling, drug and alcohol addiction treatment, prayer, education and trade skill development training. More information about these organizations and how you may best volunteer your skills, time and/or donate funds to keep them running may be found under the Resources tab on our home page.

5. Start your own fundraiser / host an awareness event

  • Start your own fundraiser or participate in events already happening. We at Wake People Up passionately believe that it is vitally important to support other groups with the same purpose of eradicating sex trafficking.
  • Organize a prayer vigil at your church or with your Bible study group. Prayer is a powerful action.
  • Please visit the Events page for a list of activities you may become involved in.

See how Wake People Up helped an organization. Read the article.

See how Wake People Up helped an organization. Read the article.

6. Use your talents

  • Poets, song writers, musicians, artists writers and more; we strongly encourage use of your talents to express your emotions and to help bring about awareness of sex trafficking. One activist and singer/song writer, Rachel Cook-Zobeck, composed a song about trafficking. In collaboration with Rachel’s music, Scott Miller of HisAARCProductions, produced an informative music video about sex trafficking for exclusive publication to the Wake People Up website. See video.
  • You could use your professional abilities to raise awareness too. Be creative!
  • Please Contact Us about any form of art or talent that you would be willing to share to help stop sex trafficking.

7. Care Packages

  • Partner with a ministry that is working to recover victims from sex trafficking. Your group can send care packages for the individuals they are serving. Due to cultural and climate variations, the types of items needed for care packages may differ; be sure to coordinate with program directors to find out their needs before sending donations.

See how Wake People Up helped one organization. Read the article.

8. Social Services

  • Work with churches, homeless shelters or social services to develop outreach programs to help women and children exit the sex industry.
  • Strategize methods to conduct outreaches to the women on the street and /or in the strip clubs. Programs like FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking in N.C.) can provide a frame work for getting started. Contact the The Salvation Army for more information.
  • Become a foster parent or support those who are fostering children. Keeping children off the streets is one of the largest deterrents for traffickers to harness new victims.

9. Become an Advocate

  • Keep your eyes and ears open for reports of trafficking in your community.
  • Report such matters to local authorities as well as the Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline (1-888-373-7888). This national center is maintained by advocates at Polaris Project and they advise this same number may be used “to connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or to request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.”

*If you or someone you know, needs immediate help see this list for who to contact:

U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
Click here for more information

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10. Get your Life For The Innocent Card today

We all buy groceries and gas right? This is a very easy, yet effective, way that you can fight trafficking every time you buy groceries, gas and prescriptions without costing you a dime!

Simply request your Life for the Innocent Card here. This grocery card is like a prepaid gift card that you can re-load at the grocery store each time before check out. When you use the LFTI Card for payment on your purchases, Life for the Innocent will receive 5% of that purchase from Kroger and Safeway affiliate stores.

Life for the Innocent exists to rescue children around the world from human trafficking. They provide for the children’s practical needs, minister healing to their shame, bring joy to their lives and usher them into the loving arms of a Christian family.

Please see here for more information about the LFTI card.

11. Know who you are purchasing from

  • Believe it or not, merchant companies play a big roll in human trafficking. Declining purchases from them will help make an impact on the demand for trafficking people. Please visit the Free 2 Work website to see how your favorite companies rank. Download their app and use it anywhere, anytime.
  • Purchase merchandise from Fair Trade companies.
  • Boycott and write to companies who have a poor rating with The Better World Shopper. Download the app!
  • Purchase handmade goods from survivors through organizations who support recovered victims. Quality jewelry, hand bags, linens and stationary make great gifts for yourself or for birthdays, Chirstmas and other special events. Give gifts that restore life and hope from co-ops such as: U Count Campaign and Nomi Network’s .

12. Contact Congress

  • Demand that laws are changed, to support victims of sex trafficking, by calling, writing and emailing your legislators in the U.S. Congress. Select your state on the map; you will be given a list of contacts. In the left column you will find your state Senators and Representatives. You may also call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
  • Organize to enforce zoning laws and to close strip clubs and “massage parlors”- the fronts for sex trafficking and prostitution- in your community.
  • Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011 (S.596). (Authorizes funding for victim services, law enforcement, and outreach & education programs).

When addressing written correspondence, the following format is suggested:

To a Senator:
The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator ___________:

To a Representative:
The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative __________:
When sending e-mail, the following format is suggested:
Your name
Address
City, State ZIP
Dear (title) (last name),
(Start your message here.)

Note: Letters remain the most popular choice of communication with congressional members. To improve the effectiveness of your letter, keep in mind the following: a) state the purpose of your letter in the first paragraph, b) be courteous, c) address only one issue in each letter, and if possible limit the letter to one page, d) include key information, using examples to support your position.

13. Combat the Demand

  • Start a program in your community for people who want to overcome their battle with sexual addictions. Information on combating sexual addictions can be found at Avenue Resources or Faithful and True Ministries .
  • Partner with Defenders USA. Defenders USA is a coalition of men that are opposed to all forms of sexual exploitation.
  • Work in your local law enforcement to seek the arrest of buyers of commercial sex, as well as to develop deterrent sex offender programs.
  • Raise a generation of boys who respect women and their rights.
  • Become a mentor for troubled youth.
  • Help young girls to know and understand their own value. Help them to become aware of the traps traffickers use on their prey so they don’t become victims themselves.
  • Understand that prostitution is not a victimless crime.
  • Write to your Congress men and women; urge them to pass laws which would insure hefty penalties to the ‘johns’ soliciting, pandering, or patronizing a prostitute. See #11 for contacts and guides for writing format.

If you want to get more in depth with rescuing victims of sex trafficking the following information may be helpful to you.

Reading all the information about the atrocities of trafficking can really make your blood boil can’t it? Many people, myself included, want to charge in and rescue women and girls from the grips of trafficking. There can be many steps involved in this process.

First, to help you prepare to come face to face with the realities of the trafficking world, trafficking abolitionist Aaron Cohen suggests that you begin working with an NGO (non-government organization) such as International Justice Mission (IJM), Destiny Rescue, Abolish Slavery or Breaking Free. Volunteering long term, fundraising or gaining employment through organizations like these with help you learn just what it takes to rescue victims of trafficking. The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children is also a recommended organization to volunteer with.

Next, with your emotions and stomach in check, you might want to begin an education in law enforcement and/or join a branch of the military. One or both of these may be required for employment with the agencies such as FBI, ICE, Homeland Security or with groups like Halo Corporation. These agencies have task forces that specialize in combating trafficking, usually by acquiring intel on trafficking rings and arresting ring leaders.

One element of rescues that must not be overlooked by the rescuers is the victims’ needs after a rescue. They need physical, emotional, spiritual and medical help immediately. There are very few US facilities with the proper capabilities to handle such necessities. The movement for specialized after care is gaining momentum and we need to keep it moving forward.

Victim rescue on the local level is also something to target. Many local law enforcement agencies are misinformed about the trafficking of women and girls in the form of pimp led prostitution. Many view ‘prostitution’ as a victimless crime where the women/girls are treated as criminals rather than victims. They need to become educated about what is going on in those situations. They also, often times, need funding to set up task forces capable of handling the real crime. We need to urge our Congressmen to pass bills protecting victims, funding task forces, punishing traffickers and johns and set up effective systems of recovery for victims. This is a less intrusive means of rescue but it is just as necessary. See #12 (above) for Contacting Congress.

 

1 . Conference on Sex Trafficking, “Gloria Steinem’s Submitted Remarks,” Washington, DC, September 13, 1999.


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