How to Fight Human Trafficking When You Can’t Do Anything

by Laura on October 9, 2011

This week is going to be self-proclaimed “Human Trafficking Awareness Week” at . I have several posts coming your way about the issue of trafficking and modern day slavery, along with ways that you can {really} help. Be sure to stop back by and check it out.

So perhaps you care deeply about social justice on our global stage— issues like human trafficking and the orphan crises, the AIDS pandemic and third-world poverty.  You see the videos, read the articles and your heart literally breaks, but it doesn’t change the fact that you can’t go on a mission trip this year, you’re not planning a career on foreign soil, and your charitable giving is already maxed out.

What happens when you are pierced with the need around you but are shackled at your inability to really do anything?

Is the answer to stop caring about social injustice? Do you start clicking past the Compassion blogs or the videos from of the starving children on another continent? Do you begin the gradual freeze that naturally accompanies fuel without wood?

Because passion without action is most definitely that —  quick spark without sustainable fire.

I was speaking to a mom here in SE Asia this week who had a deep-felt burden for the estimated 27 million people believed to be modern day slaves on our watch today.  Women sold into brothels, men forced to work on fishing boats without fair wages, children made to beg on street corners. The trouble is that my friend is a homeschooling mom with four small children and a husband who runs a business full-time. Needless to say, the time she has available to fight anything is snuck between the baby’s nap and the son’s rugby lesson. And, understandably, she has been frustrated by that reality,

because how do you help save the world when what’s required to manage your own world takes most of what you could offer anyway?

But, then, she told me a story of a conversation she had with a representative from a nonprofit anti-trafficking group, Not For Sale. She asked this man how she could help fight human trafficking, despite the fact that she didn’t have the practical time or resources to really do much.

And he asked quickly back, “Can you email?”

He went on to explain that much of the work that needs to be done in fighting the social justice issues today takes place in the awareness arena. People don’t know, and so people can’t care or act. This man challenged my friend to be intentional about giving information about issues to the inboxes and facebook pages of the friends she already knew.

Sigh of relief. Because forwarding an email is something even a homeschooling mom with four kids can do.

And it’s something you can do, too.


Consider taking the time to hear the stories of those trapped in modern slavery today. Not forgetting them is the first step to loving them. Then, consider forwarding the link or facebook-sharing one or several of the following articles/videos about human trafficking . . .

MTVs Exit Video on Trafficking in Asia {25 minutes long, subtitled. A video my homeschooling mom friend in the story actually shared with me.}

Interviews with Slave Labor Workers in Brazil {4 minutes long}

CNN Article about Slave Labor in South America

Find out about Trafficking in the United States by Visiting This Quick Article

Music Video of Radiohead’s All I Need which Highlights the Realities of Child Labor

Watch Love146‘s president, Rob Morris, Share Stories from the Field

Watch a TED talk about a Woman Fighting Sex-Trafficking in India {12 minutes}

Love146 History from LOVE146 on Vimeo. {Subscribers may need to click here to view video.}


Which article about trafficking did you read? Which video did you watch? Which did you pass along?

  • Chloe

    I watched Sunithi Krishan (sp?) on TED talk and shared it on Facebook. Thank you for bringing this serious issue to our attention.

    • Laura

      Thanks, Chloe! Every “share” helps, ya know? I thought that TED talk was a good one– I think she might have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, a pretty amazing woman, right?

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  • Symphony Chau

    hi laura!
    thank you sooo much for sharing the Ted talk with me.
    and your blog in general. Your blog is really amazing and encouraging to hear people talk about working in Thailand. It’s a great way to keep my perspective in check as I study SE Asia and human trafficking/development in school — that it’s not just hard cold facts and statistics but living, breathing, PEOPLE that make up those statistics. And there are also people like YOU who are doing something about it. In a real and effective way. so, thank you !


    • Laura

      So neat that you are studying all of this in school . . . you will have powerful information to share with the world, for sure. I can imagine that it is hard to remember that theses are PEOPLE we are talking about and not just STATISTICS when you are in the middle of studying it, as you are.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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