UnBound Seattle is committed to fighting sex trafficking in our city before it even happens. If we can help prevent exploitation from ever happening, the number of 45.8 million people enslaved worldwide will eventually decrease, with the goal of eradicating modern-day slavery. Our prevention work that we are doing is essential in the fight against human trafficking.
As I mentioned in Prevention is: (part one), prevention targets the potentially exploited, the potential exploiter, and the potential bystander. It is a multi-faceted, strategic battle plan. We looked at the many faces that prevention can take on from an organizational standpoint. But an essential component that must be addressed is how you can play a part in preventing sex trafficking in Seattle.
While we could go into complex theoretical ideology, I'm going to keep it practical. Because prevention at the community level can be--and should be--accessible, doable, and practical. Let's get down to it.
1. Prevention is speaking up. Truthfully, SO many people in our city do not know that trafficking is happening in our city. How can people do something about that they don't know exists? Our city needs community advocates--people who are willing to lead ground roots awareness, people to advocate for anti-trafficking legislation, and people who are willing to bring other people into the fight. Check out our champion team for more information.
2. Prevention is saying something when you see something. Did you know that there is technology to help you with this? If you see an activity that looks reminiscent of trafficking, you can use the Redlight Traffic app to report it. You can also call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 24/7 hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888.
What is suspicious activity? Check our Polaris Project's comprehensive list.
3. Prevention is saying no to pornography. This is a sensitive topic, but research is directly linking the consumption of pornography to an increase in purchasing sex. Additionally, many of the pornographic "actors" are victims of trafficking experiencing force, fraud, or coercion which, by definition constitutes trafficking. Watching porn is not a "personal" issue--it is an issue that harms many others. If you are struggling with pornography, there is help and hope to stop feeding into the exploitation of others. Check out Fight the New Drug or other great organizations providing resources to break free from porn addiction.
4. Prevention is giving of your time. At UnBound, our teams of volunteers fuel or work and our prevention efforts. We want to utilize your skills and your time to help you do truly impactful and rewarding work to fight trafficking in our city. Consider joining one of our Catalyst teams.
5. Prevention is investing your resources. There are incredible non-profit organizations, including UnBound, in our city and in other cities that are doing amazing anti-trafficking work. And most of them hinge on contributors like you. One of the most impactful ways you can get involved in prevention work at UnBound and the restoration work of the Hope House is by giving to UnBound financially. Your funds go directly to services for prevention programs and for the women of the Hope House. Will you consider giving of your resources to bring life and freedom to people in bondage? You can give to UnBound here.
Prevention starts with each one of us and our resolve to do what it takes to fight trafficking in our city and in our world. Will you join us by investing your heart, your mind, your time, and your resources to help us see trafficking eradicated?
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa