Finding Your Voice in a Battle Against Human Trafficking
The Current Human Trafficking Crisis
Liam Neeson’s Taken series is a Hollywood dramatization of an unbelievable reality. A staggering 20 million people are currently enslaved in today’s world. We need to realize that slavery is a modern-day issue. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and though it’s a uncomfortable topic that’s tough to talk about, we need to shine a light on this issue. It’s close-to-home, relevant, and current.
Equip Yourself—Be Prepared
About 80 percent of modern-day slaves are women, and a fifth are under 18. I’m not here to bore you with the facts, but I bring those numbers up to bring up a point: People of those demographics are more vulnerable to fall victim to human trafficking. While everyone should be street smart and conscious of this issue, others who are more vulnerable to the tricks and deceit of human trafficking are: people living in poverty, those who have an abusive home, people who ran away from home, and people with little or no education. On that, never associate with someone who tries to pull you away from your family and friends. Regardless of hurts and baggage, your family and friends are your support group and will look out for your best interest; never trust someone who wants to you to drift from your loved ones.
Know the red flags of a threatening situation. Someone might ask you to help care for their injured or sick dog in the truck of their car; this seems like the oldest trick in the book, but the deceitful approach the person will take might be more convincing than one would expect. Be attentive and quick to analyze the situation.
You can be a voice for the voiceless. A lot of non-profits are fighting in the war against human trafficking. Even if you’re not in a financial place to donate to the cause, you have what victims of this issue don’t have: a voice. Spreading the message will raise awareness to those who might not know. If you’d like to know how to inform others, check out the End It Movement: an organization and movement dedicated to raising awareness and ending modern-day slavery. Additionally, know your options; QuickTrip Safe Place is a program each QT gas station has set up. Troubled or threatened youth can visit any of QT’s locations and get refreshments while they wait for a volunteer to connect them with appropriate professional help. To learn more about Safe Place, visit nationalsafeplace.org.
Stay Positive—Stay Beautiful
Beauty Bebes, do not be discouraged or fearful. Human Trafficking Awareness Month is in place for—well, awareness. Being informed and quick to realize when you’re in a dangerous situation is the best way to equip yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to suppress your beauty by throwing out your entire makeup collection and wearing turtlenecks for the rest of your life—even though turtlenecks can be super cute. Continue to be yourself and embrace beauty. To highlight your natural beauty, visit our products page to see all Lexi Noel Beauty has to offer. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more.