Resources for Stopping Human Trafficking
Below you’ll find some of the many, many resource available to help you learn about human trafficking and how to stop it. Pick out one or two and get started finding out how you can help change life for exploited people.
Put one or both of these numbers in your phone—you’ll never know when you’ll need them:
- • The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement: Call (866) 347-2423 or use the online form.
• Polaris Project: 1-888-3737-888 (easy to remember!) for help and information and to report possible instances of trafficking.
A Crime So Monstrous by Benjamin Skinner—Skinner reports on current and former slaves and dealers. He focuses on Haiti, Sudan, Romania and India, and is interspersed with a detailed account of the work of the director of the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Disposable People by Kevin Bales—Bales is a social researcher who examines slavery in the modern world by looking at the social and economic factors that drive it.
Good News About Injustice by Gary A. Haugen—This book chronicles the vision behind IJM’s work and seeks to tackle tragic injustices with practical insight, answering tough questions regarding the nature of injustice and the Biblical mandate for Christians to confront it.
Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian by Gary A. Haugen—Haugen leads us on a journey to freedom from the triviality and fear that can stifle our lives.
Not for Sale by David Batstone—Batstone tells the story of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. He weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade and serves as a call to action.
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam—Somaly’s firsthand account of her life as a sex slave in Cambodia, her escape from slavery, and her life rescuing other women. The book is available here through the Somaly Mam Foundation.
The Slave Next Door by Ron Soodalter and Kevin Bales—Bales, sociologist, and Soodalter, a historian, document routine coercive slave labor in domestic service, prostitution, farm labor, factories, light industry, prisons and mining operations. Their case studies stretch from an American suburb to urban China, rural Ghana and back to Los Angeles, Calif., and East Orange, N.J. The second half of the book focuses on causes and solutions.
Terrify No More by Gary A. Haugen and Gregg Hunter—This gripping book documents the events leading up to, and surrounding, IJM’s work in the notorious Cambodian village of Svay Pak, which resulted in the rescue of 37 underage victims of sex-trafficking, many of them under the age of 10.
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn—The oppression of women and girls in the developing world is the foremost human rights violation today, and it fuels the fires of of human trafficking. Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn share stories of injustice and hope from around the world and introduce readers to women who show us how we can transform the lives of women and girls.
The Slave Across the Street by Teresa Flores—When Theresa Flores was 15 years old she became enslaved in sex trafficking—all the while living with her parents in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit. Her story shows the realities of trafficking and gives an example of hope for survivors.
- Call+Response—A documentary featuring musicians that looks at human trafficking today and what individual people can do to stop it. The site also has a variety of resources like Chain Store Reaction.
- Playground—A documentary on child sex trafficking in the United States.
- Born into Brothels—A documentary by Kids With Cameras that follows the lives of children raised in Kolkata’s sex district.
- Calcutta Hilton—A documentary about the start of Freeset in Kolkata.
- Demand—”Shared Hope International investigated the commercial sex markets in Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States – Atlanta, Las Vegas and Washington, DC – through a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.”
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