January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. We wanted to share 5 ways that teens can protect themselves from human trafficking and 5 ways that adults can combat human trafficking. You can also download these and share.
5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Human Trafficking (specifically directed for teens)
- Keep your personal information private. Never share your home address or phone number with people you don’t know online or in person.
- There is safety in numbers. Never go somewhere or meet someone by yourself.
- Love does not hurt. Abuse or being forced to do something you do not want to do is not a healthy relationship. Safely get out.
- Always let your parents or a trusted adult know where and who you are hanging out with in case of an emergency.
- Talk to a counselor or adult that you trust if you think you’ve been abused or trafficked.
5 Ways to Combat Human Trafficking (written specifically for adults)
- If you are a parent/guardian, teach and show those under your care how to respect all life and how to protect themselves.
- Keep watch for potential abusive or trafficking situations and take appropriate action or contact local authorities.
- Live a life of integrity that says no to pornography and transactional sex.
- Invest in the teens and young adults in your community by coaching, mentoring, listening, and learning.
- Educate yourself and volunteer raising awareness to abuse, trafficking and other community corrupting tragedies.
See Something. Say Something.
Human Trafficking: When a person is forced, deceived, or enslaved into work or favors for someone else.
If you think you or someone you know may be in an abusive or vulnerable situation, speak up.
Call 911 or contact the Human Trafficking Hotline:
Call 888-373-7888 | Text 233733