Ashely Judd once said, “You have so much power to bring awareness, prevention and change.”
Awareness and prevention are critical to stopping human trafficking. It is imperative that we educate not only our adults but also our youth to keep them away from the dangerous of human trafficking.
First, it’s important to define what awareness is. Awareness is “the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events.” Awareness is crucial to stopping human trafficking. The Set Me Free Project does a great job of bringing awareness to the community by going from school to school and educating youth on the warning signs of human trafficking.
Eckhart Tolle said it best, “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”
By bringing about awareness, youth and parents can be on the lookout for warning signs associated with trafficking. And for now, if we are aware of the warning signs, we’ve already taken the first most important step towards the goal of stopping human trafficking.
The second most important step in stopping trafficking is prevention. Prevention and awareness are actually very different from each other. Prevention is “the action of stopping something from happening or arising.” Prevention is an action, while awareness is a state of mind. Thankfully, The Set Me Free Project, when educating, gives out special tools to prevent trafficking. Prevention starts with things such as deleting social media apps or at least turning off your location services on them. Awareness means learning about warning signs of trafficking, while prevention actually means putting that knowledge into effect by remembering what to look out for. If a stranger keeps approaching you, prevention tells you to cut ties with that stranger. If a “friend” asks you to do something that you’re uncomfortable with, prevention is dropping that friend and finding a new one.
To conclude, it’s important to remember the two steps to stopping human trafficking: awareness and prevention. The Set Me Free Project educates students and helps out with both of these steps. I believe, if every school and student across America are able to follow these steps, the rates of human trafficking could fall to zero. Just remember, change starts with you.