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By
Natalie Jacobsen
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World Relief

Human trafficking, which includes forced labor and sexual exploitation, is far more widespread than many realize. It is an industry that brings in about $115 billion annually with an estimated 40.3 million victims globally. Thanks to the work of organizations like World Relief, a Global Impact charity alliance partner, the issue is not being ignored. 

World Relief is an organization that mobilizes and equips local churches and communities to not only combat slavery and human trafficking, but to help heal and rehabilitate survivors. Test your knowledge about human trafficking and some of the shocking statistics. Then learn about the work that World Relief is doing to put an end to it – and what you can do to help combat this problem. 

1) Where does human trafficking take place?

a) Mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia
b) Only in the movies
c) War-torn and high drug zones
d) Developing nations
e) Everywhere, even your own community

Answer: e) Everywhere, even your own community

If you chose E, then you’re correct. Even if you know nothing else about human trafficking, you are aware that this is a real widespread concern across the globe – likely even in your own city. 

Human trafficking is not relegated to just movies like “Taken.” It is a prevalent and profitable industry that endangers over an estimated 40 million lives every year. Most cases are left unsolved, with voices left unheard.

Every year, up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States alone. An estimated 250,000 American children are at-risk of being trafficked outside or around the United States. At each Super Bowl, it is estimated that thousands of children and young women are trafficked to provide sexual services to attendees. 

How does World Relief help? In partnership with organizations, law enforcement, community groups and local churches, World Relief offices provide both direct services and referrals to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of human trafficking survivors. 

 

2) Who helps prevent human trafficking?
a) Nonprofit volunteers
b) World Relief
c) Corporations
d) You
e) All of the above

Answer: e) All of the above

If you picked the final option, nice work! Not only does this mean you probably read the intro, but you’re also pretty intuitive! You’re right—everyone is responsible for helping prevent human trafficking. 

You can join the #enditmovement to spread awareness about this issue and donate to organizations like World Relief that are working to stop human trafficking. Together, more can be done.

While the United States and most countries around the world have enacted laws against human trafficking, these do not prevent nor stop the practice. That’s why the issue needs to be checked and monitored at the corporate level too. World Relief works with companies to ensure their supply chains do not involve human trafficking or any form of modern day slavery. 

Individuals can join the fight against human trafficking too. Support World Relief’s work by giving to Global Impact’s Human Trafficking High Impact Fund, which supports multiple charities focused on anti-trafficking awareness and assistance for survivors. Donate directly to the Human Trafficking High Impact Fund or invite your employer to include the fund as part of your workplace giving program, and unlock resources for World Relief and other organizations working around the clock to combat this injustice.

3) Where are victims of human trafficking used and exploited?
a) Brothels
b) Factories
c) Fisheries and plantations
d) Private homes
e) All of the above

Answer: e) All of the above

Human trafficking may conjure specific images, but the truth is that victims can be found in all of these places and more. That’s why World Relief works around the world to reduce extreme poverty, a major factor that causes certain individuals or groups to be more susceptible to exploitation, ultimately preventing people from becoming victims.

4) Which industries could put individuals at risk of exploitation?
a) Organ donations and replacements in hospitals
b) Adoption of infants and children
c) Construction of World Cup and Olympic stadiums
d) Hotels and hospitality services
e) All of the above

Answer: e) All of the above

All of these industries may be built on the exploitation and enslavement of humans, revealing the disturbing and dark side of businesses and even entertainment. People are trafficked and enslaved in industries that are often unchecked by watchdogs. 

The black market for organs generates up to $1.2 billion a year (Source: Global Financial Integrity) across dozens of countries globally, including the U.S. It is estimated by the World Health Organization that as many as 42% of all organ transplants a year are illegally obtained by victims of human traffickers. It is believed that over 90% of all illicit organ transplants are sourced from children.

Meanwhile, “under the table” adoptions are common when couples are frustrated with the lengthy legal process through established adoption centers and firms. With increasing tourism rates comes an increased demand for cleaning, maintenance and wait staff. As employers look to keep overhead low, it is not uncommon to find trafficked individuals serving as staff in hotels and other hospitality providers, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Even the construction of famed World Cup and Olympic stadiums are teeming with exploitation of humans (Source: U.S. Department of State). Contractors in search of large groups of people to do their work will use entrapment and the promise of money “once the contract is finished.” Then employers “hold” passports of workers, to ensure they stay on-site, unable to leave the country or seek help without government identification. 

When you donate to World Relief directly or through your employee giving campaign, you help prevent exploitation in the workforce. World Relief partners with governments and other nonprofits to expand their network so they can protect more people. With the help of local connections, they use empowering initiatives in education, agriculture, disaster response and refugee resettlement to protect vulnerable persons from entrapment practices. 

5) What demographics are at risk of being trafficked?
a) Young girls
b) Adult men
c) Persons with disabilities
d) Infants
e) Everyone

Answer: e) Everyone

That’s right, human traffickers don’t always discriminate. Statistically, there is preference to young girls and women. Although it is difficult to pinpoint exact numbers, roughly 80% of all humans trafficked are likely to be young females; however, the majority of the remaining 20% are adult men and young boys who are often in high demand at construction sites. Persons with disabilities are also at risk due to their perceived inability to resist or communicate, potential lack of supportive family who would search for them, and the social stigma in select communities making many of them “invisible.” 

World Relief relies on donations, like those through the human trafficking fund, to develop programs that protect vulnerable persons who are in danger and assist survivors in need of a safe place. Funding their work is an invaluable way to help combat this issue yourself.

6) How do people fall victim to human trafficking?
a) Kidnapping by stranger
b) Employer entrapment
c) Nongovernment militia
d) Family, friends and acquaintances
e) All of the above

Answer: e) All of the above

This may be one of the more eye-opening realizations in this quiz. Even family and friends have been identified by survivors as the reason they were trafficked. In rural parts of India, debts owed by family members can be paid by offering a child for marriage, work or trade.

What does World Relief do to help? A ton – they work directly with local communities and governments to do things like increase the minimum age for marriage and provide more opportunities for young girls so they stay safely in school or learn a trade. They work through peace building committees and train community leaders in peace keeping in order to reduce violence in war-prone regions, creating a bright future for children where education, safety and security thrive.

7) What else is World Relief doing to help prevent human trafficking?
a) Produce literature and spread awareness and education on the topic
b) Mobilize churches and religious sectors to take action
c) Advocate for lawmakers to take action
d) Develop giving plans, participate in high impact funds
e) All of the above

Answer: e) All of the above

That’s right – all of it! World Relief is a known powerhouse in the nonprofit world that is spearheading the international effort to take on human traffickers through a series of initiatives. But none of these critical measures are possible without their donors or access to a steady stream of funding. 

8) How can an individual take action against human trafficking?
a) Give to support World Relief through your employee giving campaign or Global Impact’s Human Trafficking Fund 
b) Be an advocate against human trafficking
c) Alert authorities of suspicious activity 
d) Educate their community
e)  All of the above

Answer: e) All of the above

You can help prevent human trafficking and support survivors in all of the above ways. Take action against this injustice by being an advocate for the issue, educating your community, alerting authorities of suspicious activity, and donating to support World Relief through your employee giving campaign or via Global Impact's fund for human trafficking.

World Relief is a trusted organization combating the issue of human trafficking. Their employees serve at the front lines, implementing prevention and protection methods regionally and helping victims once they are rescued. Investing in their work helps address issues all levels of the systemic problem. But none of these critical measures are possible without their donors or access to a steady stream of funding.

If your employer offers an opportunity for giving through the workplace – or even if they don’t! – encourage leadership to include our human trafficking fund in your giving options. When corporations empower employees to support this fund, the impact is even greater. In fact, World Relief has shared that giving through the workplace is one of the most impactful ways an individual can have an impact. Their team can rely on the funds throughout the next year, supporting long-term projects and planning. 

Help spread this important message by sharing this quiz with your friends, family and co-workers, then hop on over to our fund to support World Relief and the other organizations working to end human trafficking in all forms and make the world a safer place for all.
 

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