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Humanity One World - H.O.W. You Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

Updated on March 27, 2017
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How Can I Help Stop Human Trafficking? - I'm Only One Person

There's a wonderful movement going on in the HubPages community started by Bill Holland, a.k.a. Billybuc. It's called H.O.W. - Humanity One World. The purpose of this movement is to get writers to publish articles concerning the myriad of social problems that exist world wide, and to share these articles. After all, the power of the word is mighty, as is the power of networking. If I can publish an article that inspires even one person to take action to alleviate human suffering, it's a small victory for humanity. Multiply that by 100 people writing 1 article, each shared to 10 people – well, that's 1000 people. Multiply that again by another 100 - well, you get the point. And so the messages – and hopefully actions spurred by the messages - exponentially increase. That is the vision of Humanity One World.

Where To Begin?

There are so many problems in the world that one hardly knows where to begin – hunger, poverty, sickness, the abuse of human rights – all are atrocious, and need to be addressed. I've decided to address the issue of human trafficking because it's an issue that isn't talked about that often, even though it's one of the most horrible and cruel abuses of human rights imaginable. So many of the victims involved are the least able to defend themselves – our children. Human Trafficking is reported by the U.S. Department of Justice to be on the rise, with half of the victims being children. Robbed of their childhoods and their freedom, these children live a nightmare existence. Used as slaves, they are forced into prostitution, pornography, and involuntary labor. Here are some startling facts from Stop Child Trafficking Now

  • Child trafficking is one of the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise, second only to drugs.
  • There are over 1.2 million child victims a year (UNICEF)
  • The average age that a victim of human trafficking enters the sex trade industry is 12 years old (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • 300,000 U.S. children are at risk for sexual exploitation (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • 600,000-800,000 people are bought and sold throughout the world annually. Out of these, 50% are children. Most of these victims are forced into commercial sex trade (U.S. Department of State 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report)

“O.K.”, you may say, “this is a heart breaking and horrible problem, but what can I do about it? How can I help?”. Well, I found that there are specific ways in which you can take action.

Be Vigilant

The first way that you can help is, of course, to be vigilant. If you see suspicious activity, report it. Know what the signs are, such as someone not being able to come and go freely, appearing malnourished, acting fearful, anxious and depressed. The Polaris Project has a full list of things to look for.

Here are some numbers to call if you want to report suspected activity:

  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline - 888-373-7888
  • STOP-IT twenty-four hour hotline at 877.606.3158
  • National Center for Missing or Exploited Children - 1-800-THE-LOST

Donate Your Time and/or Money

Perhaps you could donate your time as a volunteer or donate money to one of the many organizations that are involved in fighting this problem. Some organizations are concerned with increasing awareness, some with preventing the problem, some with rescuing victims, and some with prosecuting offenders, and many provide safe houses for victims to recover in. Here are a few that you can take a look at:

Prevention:

Born2Fly International

Prevention and Aftercare:

Love146

International Organizations that rescue:

International Justice Mission

Dalit Freedom Network

Crisis Aid

In the United States

Florida Coalition Against Human Traffiking

The Polly Klass Foundation

Project Exodus

Faith Based Organizations:

Ahava Kids

Dream Center

Lost Children

Here are the lyrics from Tom Petty's song “Lost Children”. My prayers go out to all of the lost children around the world.

Lord please watch over
All these lost children
Born to chase the hurricane
Please shines some light down
On those who wander
Filled with hunger and pain

Please raise the wind for
All those out sailing
On an ocean alone
Lord shine a light on
All these lost children
Far away from their home

Lord keep an eye on
All these lost children
Swept away in the wind
Please shine some light down
On all those travelin'
Lead them all home again

Tom Petty's Lost Children Video

© 2012 Margaret Perrottet

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      Margaret Perrottet 2 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      manatita44 - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. You're right - this is such a sad situation and loving thoughts are much needed.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Much pain and suffering comes to us sometimes, and for different reasons. The child problem is a truly serious one. So sad, so sad ... So noble of you to highlight this. Let us send out healing and loving thoughts to the afflicted and the oppressors. Much Mehta.

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      Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      a person who cares - thanks for taking the time to comment and thanks for caring about this issue.

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      A person who cares 3 years ago

      I Thank all who are involved and who truly care,this is a deadly matter like crack in the 80's and harsher penalties need to be in place in every state and country in america period to stop all ends of this octupus of a problem.and I say this, we need this to happen soon before its to late!!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      sgbrown - so glad to see you stop by, and thanks so much for the support - any visibility that this issue can get is really helpful.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a great article. So many people are not aware that human trafficking is a major problem on our world. It is hard to imagine how often this occurs. Your links are very useful and I am glad to share this everywhere I can. Voting this up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      It's great that they're talking about this subject at your university. Thanks so much for voting, sharing and pinning - and for your concern about this serious problem.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a reprehensible activity that goes on all over the world, even here in the states, and I don't just mean by children being brought in here to be slaves -- our children are trafficked out as well. Several of my classes at the university discussed this issue. Some of the children who come missing here are sold into slavery in other parts of the world. I suppose it's a status symbol to have an American child for a slave.

      Attention does need to be brought to this problem and I'm glad you are doing that with this hub. Voted up and useful. Also shared. Also going to pin this article to my board, "Helping People in need."

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      torrilynn - Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and for spreading this message. You're right - this is a horrible violation of human rights, and needs to stop. Concerned people like yourself is what's needed.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      rajan jolly - Thanks for the kind comments and the votes. So glad you stopped by.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      mperrottet,

      i agree with you that human trafficking is on the rise

      this does need to stop and im mad that these children can not help what

      is being done to them due to the environment that they were raised in

      it is highly sickening and needs to be stopped immediately

      i will be sharing and voting up this in order to spread the message about this

      we can make a difference if we all try

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Margaret, thanks for this wonderful reminder and resources that one can look to in need. I'm sharing this as well as voting it up and useful.

      Fantastic hub.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Peggy - I was shocked at the statistics as well, and am horrified that these crimes are rising. Thanks so much for reading and especially for sharing. I really appreciate it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      I knew that human trafficking was bad, but had no idea that the statistics were so high. This is a horrendous crime against humanity, and so many of them are our dear children. Thanks for all the links of places to report suspect activity and/or to donate our time or resources. Regarding man's inhumanity to man, this one just about tops the list! Up and useful votes. This is the first HOW article I have read. Thanks to Bill for the idea of starting this! Will share!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks, tillsontitan - I hope that our articles will do some good. This is one of the most horrible things going on today, and what really bothers me is that it is on the rise. Thanks so much for reading and voting.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I too wrote some on human trafficking...it has to stop! This is one of the basest ways to abuse our children...how can anyone even think of selling a child...and worse yet selling a child as a sex slave???

      You did a great job of listing organizations and their contacts! Way to keep the movement moving!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting shiningirisheyes - always good to hear from you, and always appreciated!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great addition to the important movement.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      You're absolutely right, MartieCoetser . Unfortunately, it's often the children who are already abused or neglected at home that fall prey to traffickers. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      The ending of abusing, exploiting and neglecting children in any way is in my opinion the most important action to be taken. Attention to the welfare of children should be drastically increased. Because today's children are tomorrow's adults.

      Excellent hub, mperrottet!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Deborah - Yes, and some other hubbers have written about his as well. Thanks for linking to your hub. By the way, I started a forum with some suggestions on how to more easily link to other H.O.W. articles through RSS feeds. Here's the link

      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106580

      If you add the tag humanityoneworld (just like that, one word) and everyone else does the same, these articles will link in an RSS feed by using this URL

      http://hubpages.com/tag/humanityoneworld/latest/?r...

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Justsilvie - Thanks so much for voting and sharing - it really helps to spread awareness of this serious problem.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I know Billy has been writing about this.. this breaks my heart.. I just don't understand it really happening..but I know it does.. thank you for all this information... I am going to link it to my HOW hub.

      blessing to you

      Debbie

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      Justsilvie 5 years ago

      Thank you for educating us on how serious this problem is. Voted up and shared!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      SilverGenes, it's frightening to think that the victims could be any of our children or grandchildren. Thanks for reading - greatly appreciated.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      As others have said, the statistics are frightening. I had no idea there were so many people involved and the number of children is staggering! Why this isn't front page news is beyond me. Maybe now it will be.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      @billybuc - I know that this is a topic that you feel strongly about, and in fact I was inspired to write this because of some of your writings.

      @marcoujor - thanks so much for reading and voting - I'm hoping that the links will help people become more aware of this problem, and possibly help.

      @btrbell - The statistics are frightening - I was amazed at how bad this has gotten, and that it's getting worse. Thanks so much for reading, commenting and voting.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, these are frightening statistics. Up until a year ago, I had no idea how bad this was. Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive article with so many valuable resources. Up++ Thank you! And thank you also for linking! I will do the same!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      mperrottet,

      This is a heartfelt and meaningful compilation of one of the greatest atrocities I can imagine.

      I especially appreciate how you have given concrete ways to help with the applicable links. Voted UP and UI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As you know, this topic is near and dear to my heart. Thank you for becoming a part of this movement, but more importantly, thank you for being a compassionate and loving human being. I am touched, and I am proud to be your friend.