Aleteia: 3 Ways that anyone, anywhere, can join the fight against human trafficking

Originally Published at Aleteia

By Theresa Civantos Barber

You’ve probably read or heard about the present-day crisis of human trafficking, which has been garnering a lot of news coverage lately. But other than sharing information on social media, you might be wondering, “What can I actually do to help?” 

It’s certainly crucial to understand what trafficking really looks like, as misconceptions about it abound. Aleteia recently interviewed Lina Nealon, Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and a national leader in the fight against sex trafficking, for an accurate perspective on the trafficking crisis—and what on earth the average person can do to help bring it to an end and aid the women and children trapped in this nightmare.

Nealon explained that there is a lot of misinformation shared about what human trafficking is, and that these inaccuracies can detract from working to end it. “People need to be very careful that they’re educating themselves from reliable sources,” she said. “It really helps if they look to organizations that have been doing this work for a long time and educate themselves on the reality of what trafficking looks like in the U.S.”

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