by Heather Ebert
More than 20 million men, women, and children around the world currently suffer the brutality of forced labor and sexual exploitation — the violent injustice of human trafficking. God commands His people to seek justice for the oppressed, and thousands of young adults are answering that call.
So if you’re wondering, Can I help?, the answer is yes.
Several organizations are leading in the charge against human trafficking. To learn how you can play a greater part, here are five places to start.
1. END IT MOVEMENT Spread awareness and learn about agencies leading the fight against trafficking.
2. INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION Stay informed on justice efforts around the world and resources for your campus.
3. ABOLITION INTERNATIONAL Get info on sex trafficking in the U.S. and overseas and aftercare programs for victim restoration.
4. NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE CENTER (1-888-3737-888) This 24-hour hotline allows you to report a tip, request training or resources, and connect with local aftercare providers.
5. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons offers extensive information about human trafficking. tip, for extensive information about human trafficking.
HEATHER EBERT is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tenn., whose heart was captured by the call to justice when she first heard Gary Haugen of IJM speak on the issue in 2001. Heather uses her writing to serve locally based nonprofits advancing the cause of freedom in the U.S. and around the world. You can catch her blogging about the creative life at gettingcreative.me.