1. Add the hotline to your contacts
Make sure the National Human Trafficking Hotline is in your phone right now! Learn the signs of human trafficking and if you ever suspect trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888
You can text the hotline at 233733.
It’s also helpful to know that the hotline website has a national referral directory. If you ever need to search for providers who can help, you can use this to filter by need, location, demographics, and more.
2. Talk about online safety
Ask children to explain their favorite apps and genuinely listen. Be ready to consider how someone sketchy could use the app, and ask about how they can stay safe. Sit down with your child and explore the privacy settings of your apps together. Youth who know what to watch out for and how to respond are safer. Check out Love146’s online safety guide here.
3. Bust myths about trafficking
Trafficking is an intense issue, and that’s brought about some misinformation and myths. For example, trafficking isn’t mostly perpetrated by “elites.” Child trafficking disproportionately impacts children of color. Trafficking affects children of all genders. Kidnapping by strangers isn’t a common way children are trafficked. And a “rescue” isn’t the only or best way to freedom. Keep learning and be prepared think critically and check trusted sources when you encounter new information. Our website’s learn page is a great place to start – visit by clicking here.
4. Set up Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is now available on your Amazon mobile app! By using AmazonSmile, you can support Love146 when shopping for everyday purchases, or even while shopping for gifts. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price from all of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to us. This really adds up! Those of you using AmazonSmile have generated more than $40,000 to support our work ending child trafficking. Click here to learn more.
5. Bookmark the Cyber Tipline
Never go looking for problematic content, but if at anytime you do see something sketchy online that may involve an exploited child or a predator, report it. You can bookmark the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Cyber Tipline. Here’s the website.
6. See if your employer matches
Thousands of companies match donations by employees. On our donate form, you’ll see a checkbox that says “Would you like your employer to match?” Or check if your company matches here.
7. Host a Facebook fundraiser
By hosting a Facebook fundraiser you can let your network know that there are more meaningful ways to spend their money than on another sweater, scarf, or knick-knack you don’t need. Click here to find our Facebook fundraising page.
8. Bring prevention education to your community
Not a Number is an interactive child trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum designed to provide youth with information and skills in a manner that inspires them to make safe choices. Youth learn to identify and utilize healthy support systems that may decrease their vulnerabilities. If you’re a professional who works with youth, explore getting certified. Or if not, introduce Not a Number to schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, as well as other youth-serving organizations in your community and invite them to get licensed. Click here to learn more.
9. Send gifts to loved ones from the Love146 gift catalog
You’ll find so many tangible ways to support children affected by trafficking, in honor of someone you care about. If you like, include a personalized e-card or print out the card. Like what you see? Tell friends & family you’d like to add something from the catalog to your own wishlist. Gifts include support towards outdoor adventures, special needs advocacy, music programs, and healthcare and much more. Click here to see the catalog.
10. Tell a friend
Did you know: the #1 place people hear about Love146’s work is from a friend? Share about Love146 with your network. Share one of our posts, add your own message about why this is important to you. Or better yet, personally text or message a friend and invite them to give. Simply share about why you admire the cause and why you’re supporting. If you post on social media, be sure to tag @Love146 and give folks the link.