Frequently Asked Questions
about human trafficking:
01 Isn't slavery a thing of the past?
Slavery was outlawed individually by most countries throughout the 19th century, however, it was not officially illegalized internationally until the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
There's a distinct difference between outlawing slavery and abolishing it: slavery still exists, and the legal term for it today is human trafficking. When slavery became illegal, it shifted to a black market industry that has only grown in the last 100 years.
02 Does human trafficking have to do with transporting people?
The term 'human trafficking' intuitively implies that the transportation of people is necessary, but the international legal definition of trafficking does not include this. Human trafficking is being forced to work under threat of violence; sometimes that involves being moved around, sometimes it does not.
03 Does human trafficking happen only in developing countries?
Absolutely not. Human trafficking happens in every country in the world, and it can manifest itself in different ways in different places. Trafficking does not only include people from developing countries either. In the United States, 70% of trafficking victims are US citizens.
04 Do I contribute to human trafficking?
Chances are, yes. There are so many products made with forced or child labor, it's difficult to avoid supporting companies or supply chains that 'employ' forced workers. If you consume seafood, coffee, chocolate, buy clothes with cotton, use computers or smartphones, or any of the other products on this list, then yes.
about the abolitionist movement:
01 Do you accept donations?
We are not a non-profit organization, and as such we do not accept or request donations. If you are looking to make a monetary donation to the anti-trafficking cause, we suggest considering these wonderful organizations.
02 Are you hiring?
We are run entirely by volunteers and do not have any paid positions. If you are interested in being a part of our work, feel free to contact us about ways to prevent human trafficking in your own community.
03 How can I join the Abolitionist Movement?
We provide resources and education in an attempt to arm each citizen to handle and prevent human trafficking in their community. Join us on Facebook or Twitter for daily education on human trafficking. If you are interested in being a part of this work, make sure you have completed individual prevention and are working toward community prevention. If you would like assistance implementing any of these measures, please feel free to contact us at any time.