The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has done an outstanding job of putting together a collaboration of agencies working together to: 1) Identify and rescue victims of human trafficking, 2) Proactively investigate, identify, apprehend, and prosecute those engaged in human trafficking, 3) Promote greater public awareness through marketing, trainings, and understanding of the nature and scope of human trafficking within the County of Riverside. Their education partner is Million Kids who has actively raised awareness throughout Riverside County and the world. While all these efforts are working to reduce human trafficking, we need more participation by the faith community to prevent this crime because in the U.S. 51% of people attend some type of faith community so clearly that is where the manpower is.
So how do we work as a faith community to prevent human trafficking? We come together as a coalition and empower our men to be leaders in raising awareness regarding the destructive nature of porn and how it creates demand for sex trafficking victims. We invite a representative from a local foster care organization to come speak at our services to recruit good foster parents, given that over 70% of victims are from the foster care system. We can work with the city to close down the illegal massage parlors. We can host a fair trade table at our church and school fairs to educate people that over 2/3 of all human trafficking in the world is labor trafficking and by being responsible for purchasing imported products that state "fair trade," we reduce demand.We can do a fundraiser for a local non-profit. These are just five examples of how we can prevent human trafficking. The book "How You Can Fight Human Trafficking, Over 100 Ways to Make a Difference" offers many more actions.
Social scientists tell us that once we reach a critical mass of awareness and people taking action, the social issue will be resolved. Until that critical mass of 10% is reached, it is like rolling a rock uphill and there isn't enough traction so groups often fall apart. Once critical mass is reached, there is velocity. If it took 10 years to reach 10%, it only takes 2 to 3 years to reach 20%. So Cal Faith Coalitions against human trafficking is currently meeting with local Riverside faith leaders to talk about how we can use the resources that already exist in Riverside to establish more local faith community collaboration so faith communities can learn from each other. Once these meetings are established, we will list them on this page. When people in the faith community can come to a meeting to find out how to act and only have to simply duplicate what others are doing they quickly move into action. At these coalition meetings, faith communities inspire and encourage each other and report on what they are doing. Then during the second half of the meeting people meet with those groups they are interested in collaborating with. This model will have us quickly reach the 10%.