How can you participate in the anti-trafficking movement?
Because supply chains are complex, it’s often difficult for businesses to ensure their products are free of forced labor. However, as a consumer you can buy products from companies that have a positive record of social justice policies. There are apps and websites that help consumers navigate this information. Also be aware that although the label “fair-trade” protects producers in developing countries, these protections do not necessarily extend to individual laborers.
Educate yourself and your community
In many cases, law enforcement discovers victims of human trafficking after a tip from a community member. This means it’s important that everyone recognizes the various forms of human trafficking and risk factors associated with it. Education is the first step.
Contact state representatives
Many legal provisions, while well-intended, do not adequately address the nuances of human trafficking. As you educate yourself about human trafficking, you can better understand what gaps may exist in current policy. You may consider if your state has policies regulating issues such as supply chain transparency or protection of minors through safe harbor laws. Policies are enacted when legislators know their community cares.
If you suspect you have witnessed exploitation in any form, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 24/7 (1-888-373-7888). If you live in Colorado, CoNEHT — the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking — may have more localized resources and service referrals. They can be contacted at 1-866-455-5075.
If you want to volunteer with an anti-trafficking organization, check out our partnerships page to learn about more local, domestic and international organizations.