There are currently over 40 million people worldwide enslaved in 2019, more than at any other time in history. In Nigeria, recent statistics indicate that there are over 1.3 million victims. The total number of Nigerian victims outside Nigeria is unknown. Here are simple, easy ways that YOU can help in the fight against human trafficking:
- Be informed and stay informed so you can identify a survivor or potential victim. Visit our website regularly, follow us on social media (@pathfindersji) and sign up for updates.
- Report your suspicions to law enforcement.
- Do not engage in the sex trade industry since many women in prostitution are victims.
- Volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
- Meet with and/or write to your local or state government, inquiring as to what they are doing to combat human trafficking.
- Host an awareness-raising event to discuss human trafficking.
- Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.
- Encourage your local schools to include trafficking/modern slavery in their curricula.
- Share your knowledge with friends/family and use your social media to raise awareness.
- Organize a speaking engagement within your local religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking.
- If you own or know someone who owns a business: provide jobs, internships, skills training, and other opportunities to trafficking survivors.
- If you are a student: take action in your school by organizing a club or inquiring about the tool kit for our Pathfinders School Clubs which raise awareness. You might also consider writing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking.
- If you or someone you know is a health care provider: learn how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims. With assistance from anti-trafficking organizations, extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims.
- If you or someone you know is a journalist: effectively and responsibly feature and report stories on human trafficking.
- If you or someone you know is a lawyer: offer human trafficking victims free legal services.