The giant of sex trafficking can seem like a hopeless task to take down. But just as David only used one stone to take the down the giant we can have hope that any effort we make, big or small, it can make a difference.
So how will you throw your stone?
1) Educate yourself about human trafficking on this site and other leading sites, and learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking: Learn More>
2) Spread the Word: the more people who become aware of the issue of human trafficking, the smaller the world becomes for the perpetrators. Follow 5-Stones on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts.
3) Donate to 5-stones to help support our efforts. Donate food, clothing, furniture, used cars to an anti-trafficking organization.
4) Volunteer in a program offering support services to victims (English as a Second Language, literacy, tutoring, job training, housing, transportation, mentoring, legal, medical, dental care, etc.). To become a volunteer with 5-stones email info(at)5-stones.org.
5) Contact your local school: Tell your educators to include human trafficking education in their curriculum. Consider recommending the “Artist as Social Activist – Human Trafficking Unit” to their art program. View art samples from high school students who have participated in this program here>
6) Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11.
7) Post anti-trafficking posters in churches, public restrooms, truck stops, and throughout the community.
8) Ask your local law enforcement agencies to educate their employees: Rescue & Restore has educational brochures that are free to use: Learn More>
9) Explain how consuming pornography feeds the demand for human trafficking.
10) Check your local hotels to see what protocols they have in place to identify potential cases of trafficking, and what actions they take to help the victims and allow law enforcement to apprehend the perpetrators.
11) Support organizations that help women leave prostitution (e.g., Milwaukee’s Benedict Center).
12) Write an editorial or an article for your local newspaper, neighborhood magazine, school newspaper, or parish bulletin.
13) Ask local media to broadcast anti-trafficking public service announcements.
14) Work for federal and state legislation that supports and strengthens the rights of victims of trafficking.
15) Receive and distribute the newsletter “Stop Trafficking” to others each month.
16) Petition against trafficking at national and international sporting events.
17) Host a movie night and discussion (e.g., Nefarious, Chosen, Not My Life, or Half the Sky).
18) Host a book discussion (e.g., Slave Next Door, Girls Like Us, or A Crime So Monstrous).