Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. We’ve created an interactive calendar for you to join in the fight to end child trafficking. Each day we have provided you with practical resources and action steps to become a voice for the voiceless, be empowered, and join in the fight.
Scroll down to view each day’s activities.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
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Jan 1st

For the last 20 years, ZOE International has been in the fight to end child trafficking by Reaching Every Person with God’s love and Rescuing Every Child from human trafficking. The slavery of our times, the unthinkable reality of sex and labor trafficking impacts thousands of children from as young as infancy and older across the world daily.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We’ve created an interactive calendar for you to download. Each day will guide you with practical resources and action steps to feel empowered and make an impact in the fight to end child trafficking.

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Jan 2nd

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations define human trafficking as:

a) Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.

b) The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (22 U.S.C. § 7102(9)).

Learn more about Human Trafficking.

Jan 3rd

Know the Signs of Human Trafficking

Victims May:

  • Be branded with words like ‘daddy’ or ‘cash’
  • Show sudden changes in dress or behavior, overtired, withdrawn, depressed or distracted.
  • Suddenly have possessions they usually cannot afford.
  • Have unusually long work hours.
  • Have a new boyfriend or girlfriend that is noticeably older.
  • Have difficulty making eye contact with men.
  • Have untreated medical problems.
  • Miss school frequently, make frequent trips, and run away often.
  • Not be able to speak independently, other people may insist on talking for them.
  • Seem controlled by other people; some are not free to come and go where they choose.
  • Be frightened by authorities, seeing them as “bad guys.”

Jan 4th

Alia’s Story: A Survivor of Human Trafficking

Alia’s story shares the realities of trafficking and how a relationship that began online led to being exploited in the mainstream porn industry. *Viewer Discretion Advised.

Jan 5th

Pray for the Rescue of Children

Prayer is a powerful way we can fight against human trafficking. Please pray for God’s leading to find children who are waiting to be rescued.

View the ZOE Prayer Guide, click here.

Jan 6th

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888

When you see something, Say Something! Add the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to your phone. When you suspect trafficking, call the hotline. Nothing is too little to report.

National Human Trafficking Hotline Call: 1 (888) 373-7888 SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”) Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Jan 7th

Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion Global Industry

Human trafficking is believed to be the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $150 billion-a-year global industry. People who are trafficked are used for various reasons, including forced sexual exploitation and forced labor. (i.e., domestic work, construction, agriculture, etc.)

View this annual report issued by the U.S. State Department’s Office used to monitor and combat trafficking in persons.

Jan 8th

Harmony’s Story: A Survivor of Human Trafficking

Harmony’s story shares the realities of trafficking, and how hardships in childhood led to being exploited in strip clubs. *Viewer Discretion Advised

Jan 9th

14,500 – 17,500 Children are Trafficked Into the U.S. Annually

Human Trafficking is a global issue but it is also happening in the United States. Roughly 40.3 million people are trapped in trafficking today. 1 in 4 of these victims are children. 14,500-17,500 Children are Trafficked Into the U.S. Annually.

To learn more about Human Trafficking, click here.

Jan 10th

Reach Out to Local Anti-Trafficking Organizations

Locate your local Anti-Trafficking Organizations and reach out to them asking what their biggest needs are. Get involved with and support those already in the fight. Use these resources to find charities that you can support in the fight against human trafficking in your communities.

Search Charities Here.

Jan 11th

Human Trafficking Awareness Day! Wear Blue and Represent the Cause.

January 11th is the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness. The color blue is internationally recognized as the color to represent human trafficking prevention. Wear Blue today and share with your friends and family why you have joined the fight in ending child trafficking.

Jan 12th

Pray as We Partner with Law Enforcement and Government Entities

Prayer is a powerful way we can fight against human trafficking. Please pray for unity as we partner with and assist government entities, law enforcement, and other organizations, to fight against child trafficking.

Download this ZOE Prayer Guide.

Jan 13th

Write a Letter to Government Representatives

There is a growing national, state, and local movement to decriminalize prostitution, including no penalties for those who buy and sell sex. While ZOE supports not criminalizing victims of trafficking and exploitation, we stand firm that those who are selling and buying sex must be held accountable with prosecution and penalties. This growing movement toward full decriminalization of prostitution also includes efforts to remove tools for law enforcement to intervene in suspected trafficking of adult and child victims.

Contact your local and state public officials urging them to uphold prosecution and penalties for buying and selling sex and maintaining tools for law enforcement to investigate suspected trafficking in prostitution.

Using your voice is an important part of the fight against child trafficking. Be a voice for the voiceless!

  • In California, Senate Bill 357 aims to repeal Penal Code 653.22 which allows law enforcement to investigate suspected trafficking when individuals are loitering to commit prostitution. Learn more here.
  • In Los Angeles, District Attorney Gascon directed deputy District Attorneys to no longer prosecute first-time buyers of sex. Learn more here.

Jan 14th

Understand the Tactics of Online Predators

Watch this video to learn about the tactics used by online predators. *Viewer Discretion Advised

Jan 15th

Oree’s Story: A Survivor of Human Trafficking

Watch Oree’s story and learn about the realities of trafficking that began with the trauma created by a childhood of abuse. *Viewer Discretion Advised

Jan 16th

Stay Informed as a Parent

Be intentional about having intentional conversations with the children and teens in your life about the online platforms they are using. It is important to stay informed as parents about the tactics traffickers use. Check out these resources to identify areas of potential digital risk in your home.

Protect Young Eyes – Home Internet Security Quiz

Internet Safety Guide

Jan 17th

Talk with the Children and Teens in Your Life

Children and teens need safe people to talk to when they are in a situation or relationship that could risk their safety. Many children and adolescents do not have the discernment to walk away from bad situations they are in, or it becomes hard for them to receive feedback about disconnecting from a dangerous situation. This can cause a child to be secretive about bad situations they are in, giving more power to predators, and those who could harm them.

Therefore, it’s incredibly important to be a safe person for young people by showing empathy and asking questions that gather information without making the child feel judged. They need a safe person they can problem solve and process with to help them make healthy decisions.

Before giving your child a cell phone, begin on a solid footing of trust and accountabiloity with this valuable cell phone contract.

Cell Phone Contract 

Jan 18th

Start a Club at Your School to Fight Against Human Trafficking

ZOE’s My Gen My Fight Program mobilizes this current generation of students and the community to raise awareness about and prevent human trafficking through events and clubs on school campuses across America. ZOE provides resources, training, and consultation for those who want to actively get involved in helping ZOE to end child trafficking.

Learn more at My Gen My Fight.

Jan 19th

Pray for Complete Healing and Restoration for Those Youth in our Care

Prayer is a powerful way we can fight against human trafficking. Please pray for complete healing and restoration for those God has placed in our care.

Download this ZOE Prayer Guide.

Download the ECHO Prayer app and follow ZOE International.

Jan 20th

Check out These Important Resources

Staying informed is an important step to prevention and spotting human trafficking. Take a look at some videos and resources with more information on human trafficking.

ZOE Resources 

Polaris Project

Shared Hope International

Jan 21st

I Survived Sex Trafficking: A Survivor’s Story

A survivor of human trafficking shares her story that began when she was 12 years old. *Viewer Discretion Advised

Jan 22nd

Children Can Make an Impact

ZOE’s Kids Helping Kids program was designed to help teach children the importance of being generous. No matter how young they are, they can make a difference in the lives of children around the world!

ZOE’s Kids Helping Kids Program

Jan 23rd

Take a Free Human Trafficking Training Course

Education about human trafficking empowers us to prevent trafficking by protecting ourselves, those we love, and the communities we live in. ZOE offers free virtual or in-person training about human trafficking throughout the year. Follow our Instagram @zoe_int to learn about any free training events or visit websites like The Polaris Project that offer free Human Trafficking 101 training online.

Polaris Project: Human Trafficking 101 Training 

Jan 24th

Save the Date – Walk to End Child Trafficking

Beginning May 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022, we’re walking to rescue, and restore more children that have fallen victim to the horrors of child trafficking. Help us get one step closer to bring every child trapped in slavery to safety. Commit with us to walk in the month of March, set your fundraising goal, and spread awareness by educating your friends, family, and community through the means of social media. Put an end to child trafficking with each step you take!

Look for more information at gozoe.org.

Jan 25th

Be an Informed Consumer

Research companies you buy goods and services from to ensure they are not produced under expensive exploitative conditions.

Slave Free Companies 

Slave Free Company Guide 

Jan 26th

Pray for protection and strength for ZOE’s staff, children, and the entire ZOE family.

Prayer is a powerful way we can fight against human trafficking. Please pray for protection and strength for our staff, children, and the entire ZOE family

Download this ZOE Prayer Guide.

Jan 27th

ZOE is in the Fight to End Child Trafficking

Through the practices of prevention, rescue, and restoration ZOE is in the Fight to End Child Trafficking. The biggest and most important weapon in this fight is the power of prayer. Download our Devotional Prayer Guide and Download the Echo Prayer App (search ZOE International) to fight human trafficking on the spiritual battlefront.

Download the ZOE Prayer Guide.

Jan 28th

ZOE is on Mission

ZOE is preventing children from Human Trafficking and Exploitation by:

  • Educating every sector of society about human trafficking.
  • Identifying vulnerable children and communities.
  • Equipping advocates to protect children and communities.
  • Praying, collaborating, and developing long-term solutions to end child trafficking.

Learn more about ZOE’s prevention efforts here.

Jan 29th

ZOE is on Mission

ZOE is preventing children from Human Trafficking and Exploitation by:

  • Educating every sector of society about human trafficking.
  • Identifying vulnerable children and communities.
  • Equipping advocates to protect children and communities.
  • Praying, collaborating, and developing long-term solutions to end child trafficking.

Learn more about ZOE’s rescue efforts here.

Jan 30th

ZOE is on Mission

ZOE is preventing children from Human Trafficking and Exploitation by:

  • Educating every sector of society about human trafficking.
  • Identifying vulnerable children and communities.
  • Equipping advocates to protect children and communities.
  • Praying, collaborating, and developing long-term solutions to end child trafficking.

Learn more about ZOE’s restoration efforts here.

Jan 31st

The Fight Isn’t Over!

Though Human Trafficking Awareness month is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean this fight is over. Stay involved, be aware and be a voice for the voiceless in the fight to end child trafficking.

Visit gozoe.org/social and follow our social media to stay updated and re-share our posts with others. Consider partnering with us in our efforts to serve the most vulnerable by donating to ZOE International.

Thank you for participating in Human Trafficking Awareness Month!
With more knowledge comes more prevention, and one step closer to ending child trafficking!

To support the cause to end child trafficking,
please give today just visit goZOE.org.