Yesterday I wrote about practical first steps you can take to actually help to stop trafficking. If you want to end trafficking, please read that post. However, after posting that blog, many of my friends asked questions via facebook that I realized I should also post here.
One of my friends pointed out that I didn’t address the clothing industry in my last post. I didn’t because the clothing industry is probably one of the hardest changes for people to make and it’s one of the hardest to avoid trafficked products. My advice to her was to download the Free2Work app for her phone and check a product before she buys it.
They recently came out with a specific report on clothing. You can find that at http://www.free2work.org/trends/apparel/.
Another friend asked if I had/knew of a list of resources. I don’t. There are certain organizations I receive letters from and keep an eye out for information from, but a lot of the work for trafficking is either hands on or done in political realm. However, my two foavorite organizations to watch and receive information from are IJM (www.ijm.org) and Love146 (www.love146.org).
Also, a book that I highly recommend, Not for Sale by David Batstone, has a list of organizations that may be helpful. While I cannot type all that information for each of these groups, I will list those organizations for you here:
Anti-slavery international www.antislavery.org
Bal Vikas Ashram www.freetheslaves.net/about/partners/bal-vikas-ashram
Campus Coalition against Trafficking www.ccatcoalition.org
Children of the Night www.childrenofthenight.org;
Churches Alert To Sex Trafficking Across Europe www.chaste.org.uk
Church mission society www.cms-uk.org/united/index.htm
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women www.catwinternational.org
Coalition of Immokalee Workers www.ciw-online.org
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking www.castla.org
Development and education Program for Daughters and Communities www.depdc.org
Free The Slaves www.freetheslaves.net
Generacion Institiute www.notforsalefund.org/projects.html
La Strada International www.lastradainternational.org
Nightlight Design www.nightlightbangkok.com
Not For Sale Fund www.notforsalefund.org
Polaris Project www.polarisproject.org
Protection Project www.protectionproject.org
Regina Pacis Fund www.reginapcais.org/en
Standing Against Global Exploitation www.sagesf.org
Stop the Traffick www.stopthetraffick.org
Tiny Star www.tinystars.org
Hope this helps for people who want to take further action regarding trafficking. But please, do NOT underestimate those everyday first steps, especially helping out at local organizations. Recovery is just as important as rescue.