"Human trafficking is the fastest growing enterprise in the world"
-Tim Ballard; Founder of the Operation Underground Railroad
We've all got to learn how to become comfortable with the things that previously made us uncomfortable - the topic of human trafficking is no different.
With the uncomfortable, sad, unbelievably tragic stories + conversations comes the questions of what we can do to help. Sure posting Instagram stories + pictures, sharing posts on Facebook + reading article after article are all great ways to learn + share; there are plenty more actions that can be taken to help in this fight.
If you are local in Bakersfield a few organizations that you can directly contact are:
However, if you aren't local to Bakersfield head over to https://humantraffickinghotline.org/training-resources/referral-directory to find out more about organizations in your area
To find out different ways to help aid in the fight against human trafficking head over to
Operation Underground Railroad or O.U.R. has rescued 3,800 victims and arrested 2,099 traffickers. Since 2013. O.U.R. has obtained the world's experts in extraction operations + in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. The Ops Team consists of former CIA, past + current law enforcement, + highly skilled operatives that lead coordinated identification + extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. To learn more about them + the cause head to their website.
To contact your local legislation on this issue please visit:
For a list of key indicators that could help assist in identifying a trafficked individual and for information on how to get help, please visit:
Text “HELPTHEM” (one word) to 51-555 to learn more
National Human Trafficking Hotline directly to speak with a hotline advocate 24/7: 1-888-373-7888 • Text "BEFREE" or "HELP" to 233733
or email firstname.lastname@example.org