Don’t close the door on victims

Know those annoying people who knock on your door to sell you magazines?  How about the ones who say they are collecting money for charity? You just want to tell them no and go back to your dinner. Give it a second thought. They could be victims of human trafficking.

According to Polaris Project research door to door sales men and women may be knocking on your door against their will. It is a known form of labor trafficking. Employers who use lies, fear, intimidation or coercion to recruit and control their employees are likely to be labor traffickers.

It would not usually occur to us that door to door solicitors are victims like this. Thanks to Polaris Project and all those trying to end this scourge we know more than ever before about the signs of trafficking. They have also created safe avenues for victims to escape.

When someone comes to you door to solicit money from you for any reason you could be face to face with a person who needs intervention. It could be a moment when you can you could help a victim escape forced employment and the harm it causes.

It’s this simple. Print this information and keep it where you can find it next time someone comes around to sell you something besides girl scout cookies.

Reference card for help
Reference card for help

 

How to identify a victim of trafficking
How to identify a victim of trafficking

 

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