Across the planet, millions of girls and women are concealed in the shadows of human trafficking. Often forced or misled, they live in constant fear. With constant physical and sexual abuse and attacks on one’s self-esteem and self-confidence, it is difficult for them to hope for a better future. With traffickers working in the darkness, it is also hard to locate and rescue victims. 

This is where survivors become agents of change, shedding light on how traffickers work and what steps can be taken to rescue other victims of trafficking.  

  • Survivors can share their experiences to create awareness. This will give listeners and supporters a first person narrative of the experience, help gather support from society, and drive for action to be taken. 
  • Survivors can comfort others who have had similar experience, help them gain confidence again and let them know that they aren’t alone in their journey.
  • Sharing their experiences as a trafficked individual with others can act as a guide for others and prevent others from entering the trade. 
  • Survivors can mentor those who are most vulnerable to being trafficked. Traffickers often target people who are going through a difficult time or those who lack strong support systems. 
  • Survivors can host community-based programs and forums to support other victims and create awareness.

Human trafficking is an important public health concern which transcends all races, social classes, demographics, and gender. Traffickers are driven solely by greed and quotas, they are devoid of respect for human rights, and prey on those who are vulnerable. Therefore, it is up to survivors, who know what it’s like, to share their stories with others and help them realize the severity of the situation.

“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed”-.Psalm 82:3

Contributor: Roshan Noah, Freedom Firm Intern