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How to Become a Modern-Day Abolitionist

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An estimated 27 million people in the world are victims of human trafficking. Use these simple ideas to engage in this multifaceted issue.

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(1) Learn (more) and share. Awareness and education are essential to ending slavery. Start by reading these resources and sharing your findings:

The U.S. Department of State’s “Trafficking in Persons Report” provides a comprehensive look at trafficking around the world and each nation’s efforts to combat it.

The Good News About Injustice by International Justice Mission President Gary Haugen offers a foundational and biblical understanding of God’s view of justice.

PolarisProject.org reports news on how to engage in political action and advocacy.

(2) Memorize and publicize 888.3737.888, the national trafficking hotline number. Most rescues have come from citizens reporting suspicious behavior. Learn more about what to look for at ACF.hhs.gov/Trafficking.

(3) Gather people to pray specifically for affected areas around the globe. Never forget that God cares more about ending slavery than we do.

(4) Consume wisely. Hold businesses accountable and ask corporations to join the fight against slavery. Visit ChainStoreReaction.com and email companies to ask for change.

(5) Host a Human Trafficking Awareness films night, showing movies like Trade, Call+Response, Taken, Cargo, Fields of Mudan and Slumdog Millionaire. At the end of the night, pray and let people know how they can get involved.

(6) Use your talents and passions. If you’re an artist, start an art project to display in a public space. If you enjoy sports, host a run to raise awareness and funds. Talk about the issue at a concert and/or make it a benefit for survivors. Incorporate your research into a blog and social networks. Add a simple tagline about slavery and/or link to an organization on your email signature line.

(7) Learn from other churches. Read stories of how churches are engaging in justice issues at IJM.org/churches/engage.

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2010 issue of Outreachmagazine.

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