Want to help abolish modern day slavery? Make an impact through the things you do in your daily life.
Check your slavery footprint
Find out how many slaves work for you. This is determined by your spending habits, diet, and resource usage. See how you can change your habits to limit the amount of slavery need to support your lifestyle. Visit slaveryfootprint.org to find out.
Share information about sex trafficking in Grand Rapids with your family, friends, co-workers and others in your network. The more people who are aware, the better equipped we all are to:
- Identify sex trafficking when it's happening
- Address warning signs when we see them in our children, students, friends, loved ones, neighbors and others
- Educate others about sex trafficking
Take photos of your hotel room
Next time you stay at a hotel, upload photos of the hotel room to TraffickCam. This is a nationwide app that collects hotel room photos and provides them to law enforcement. The photos are used to determine where perpetrators of sex trafficking are committing their crimes. Download the app or use the website here.
Shop with a purpose
There are many local organizations that raise awareness and donate a portion of their proceeds to anti-sex trafficking causes. Check them out next time you go shopping:
Lorde Beauty and Cosmetics
Women at Risk International
Check out End Slavery Now's Slave Free Buying Guide.
Eat with a purpose
Hankering for some ice cream? Support Cone Apetit, a local creamery that makes ice cream from scratch and uses proceeds to fight human trafficking.
Local organizations working to stop trafficking have more capacity when they have more volunteers. Check out the Human Trafficking Resource Hub for a list of organizations. Find one (or more!) you want to start volunteering with.
Unable to give your time? Consider giving money to local organizations to help them with anti-trafficking efforts. Check out the Human Trafficking Resource Hub for a list of organizations.