I have mentioned my trip to the Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota, in my last post, however, I thought I should share one of the questions I do get from the audience whenever I am out on such occasion; or when I communicate with people one-on-one. Sometimes, it comes in form of a comment, but is actually a question. This time, it came in form of comment from the email I received from Le Lucht, Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Diversity of the college, and it reads: “…The conversations will continue about the Human Trafficking issue, but many of us would like to “do something” to help the situation, but are unsure what to do.”
To answer this question for Le and may others who are wondering what they can do to help the situation, I will say “show LOVE in your community. Compassion and care are embedded in love. Saying hello to the next door neighbor can go a very long way. You can never know who you will save one day by the expression of love. The federal government awareness campaign says “Look Beneath The Surface.” How do you do this – by looking for non-verbal cues. Victims of human trafficking are constantly living in fear. Even when they do not say it, it shows all over them that they are afraid.
To do something, you can become an advocate in your community; talk about it at your church, mosque, friend’s party, any kind of gathering, and, or join a local Rescue and Restore Coalition ( partner of the national Human Trafficking Resource Center). I have attended someone’s birthday party as a speaker where she invited her friends to learn about the issue of human trafficking. If you want me to come to your event or party to share my story and help educate your friends about human trafficking, I will be glad to. Just send out a request by filling out the contact form.
I can do something, you can do something, and we can do something to help victims, survivors, and prevent human trafficking in our community.
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Thank you, until next time.