The CNN Freedom project to end human trafficking is doing a new campaign to bring global awareness to this growing problem and to get people like you and me into the fight. This new project is called #FlyToFreedom and you can be a part! All you have to do is make a paper airplane, write on it what you will pledge to do to help combat modern-day slavery, post your message on Twitter with the hashtag #FlyToFreedom and then live your pledge. Many have pledged to donate money to organizations to combat slavery. Others have pledged to learn more about human trafficking, and how it has affected our world. I have made my pledge that you can watch here: #FlyToFreedom
So, what will you do? You can learn more about this growing on my blog here, as I research and publish new information on the fight of human trafficking around the world and ways we are helping to end it. You can also research information on the Internet from well-established charities and organizations across the globe. You can also donate to any of the charities below after learning about what they are doing in the fight. Maybe you have a more creative stance. Regardless, please make a pledge. Please share your pledges here as well, along with information that may be helpful to our readers. Because one person in a collection of many can make a difference. Together, we can help end child slavery.
Charities and Organizations Against Human Trafficking
CNN Freedom Project
Free The Slaves
Friends of Maiti Nepal
International Justice Mission
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST
Not For Sale
As educators, parents, and adults working with children, it is important to look for signs of child slavery with the kids we work with on a daily basis. Do you know what to look for? Here is a list of things to look for:
- Children who are hungry often, malnourished (not reaching full height, underweight, etc.), or have poorly formed or rotted teeth.
- Not attending school or attends sporadically or has a significant gap of schooling.
- Signs of physical abuse (bruising, scars, constant broken bones), and cannot explain injuries. Also, abuse so extensive that it causes headaches, hearing loss, heart and breathing problems, chronic vision problems, back problems, and limb amputation.
- Signs of sexual abuse through untreated sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, kidney problems, urinary tract infections.
- Signs of psychological abuse: fearfulness, submissive, helplessness, humiliation, shame, disorientation and confusion.
- Signs of anxiety disorders: post traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and depression.
Keep in mind ANY significant changes in a child with the above items as an indicator can be a red flag.
If you suspect anyone is a victim of human trafficking and they know you well and has gained a trust in you, ask the child some of these questions:
Can you come and go as you please?
Has anyone ever touched you or hurt you?
Where do you sleep or eat?
Do you have to ask permission to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom?
What are your living conditions like?
Is there lock on your door where you cannot get out?
Have you or your family been threatened?
Are you allowed to do after school activities or go to religious services?
Do you work at a job after school? How much do you work? Are you allowed to quit?
Keep in mind that a child (under the age of 18) who is a constant runaway, works on a migrant farm, helps a parent as a domestic servant, or is mistaken as a prostitute may be a victim of human trafficking. If you suspect any child who is a victim, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.