Chapter 3: Go Spread Awareness

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9

Be a source of light to educate someone else about human trafficking and Spread Awareness to friends, family, colleagues, government authorities, and other circles of influence. Below is a list of ideas to get you started:

Arrange a Film Screening

Host a Book Club

Connect on Social Media

Write to your senator

Take the Next Step

A 2nd Cup is a coffee shop with a cause. It raises awareness of human trafficking issues in Houston and develops resources that will give its survivors hope of a second chance. Take the next step of awareness by planning business meetings or coffee dates with friends.  A 2nd Cup! The environment is a perfect spot to have conversations with your friends and co-workers about human trafficking. Take another next step by encouraging your church and business to purchase coffee from A 2nd Cup, and spread the news that the coffee is ethically sourced and the syrups, sauces, and baked goods are made with fairtrade ingredients. Your purchase helps A 2nd Cup spread awareness and support survivors of human trafficking, and supports their work at the same time. Visit their online shop.

Take it Further

Film Screening

Even if you’ve already seen Nefarious, there are many who haven’t.  Think about organizing a screening of Nefarious with your friends, family, or small group. The group size doesn’t matter – you’re taking the first steps in the fight against trafficking by making others aware!  Films can reveal to us true tragedies of the world that don’t just end when the credits roll. These problems continue in real life, so don’t switch off your brain when the movie is over; discuss them with your group. Many times, documentaries uncover truths that we may be too scared to face, but once we’re aware, we can no longer ignore them.

The Exodus Cry film scene will provide you with more information to further discussions.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are great avenues to discuss difficult topics. By leading a book club, you will be spreading awareness about human trafficking.  Unlike a movie, reading gives you the leisure to consume information at your own pace, so create a schedule of how many chapters per week the book club will read. Many authors also include book club questions at the end of the book or on their website, which makes leading a discussion a lot easier too. We’ve got a great list of book recommendations you can find here!

Social Media

Take some time now to visit our partner organizations, who we know well and trust. Go to their websites and sign up for their newsletters. Find their different Facebook pages, read through them, and like their page. Through your support, news about these organizations will spread and result in more avenues for these organizations to execute their mission. Look through some of their latest posts and repost them, spreading news about how organizations are fighting trafficking in Houston. You can find the list of our partner organizations on the homepage!

Read this article to inform yourself what types of images and photos relating to human trafficking are okay to post on social media, and which ones are not.

Legislation

Write to your state senator to ask them to support legislation being proposed by Children at Risk or the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

It is important to spread awareness to senators and state representatives in order to get their support for bills.

More resources can be found at

In the Work Place

If you are working, a large percentage of your day is spent at work where hundreds of conversations happen every day. Established in 2005, United Against Human Trafficking is a non-profit, government funded organization dedicated to preventing, confronting and ending modern day slavery. United Against Human Trafficking offers Front-line Professional Training Programs where they conduct education and training classes for all scopes of professions. These programs are offered for first responders (EMT, paramedics, fire fighters), education professionals, health professionals, hospitality workers, law enforcement, and social service providers. Additionally, United Against Human Trafficking conducts a general Human Trafficking 101 for any type of community to provide a basic education on what human trafficking is. Invite United Against Human Trafficking to come speak at your professional workplace, whether that is in a hospital, airport, or business office.

It may occur to you to share your knowledge about human trafficking with your friends, acquaintances, school peers, or co-workers. However, don’t forget those that are right underneath your nose – your family.