Trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. But it can be defeated if we all act together. FTS has an exemplary record as an effective and efficient anti-trafficking organization: 82% of contributions go directly to our programs.
Here are 10 great reasons to donate to FTS today:
Reason 1: We help free more than 1,500 slaves worldwide per year! In 2012, the total was more than 1,700. We’re on track to match that goal this year too.
Reason 2: We trigger the arrest of traffickers! It’s important to rescue people from slavery, but someone else will be enslaved in their place if slaveholders aren’t prosecuted. In 2012, we helped get more than 100 traffickers arrested.
Reason 3: We help slaves take action to free themselves. We don’t tell people what to do, we empower people in slavery to organize and decide for themselves if, how and when it’s safe to make a break. Watch video of an actual raid. See how community education and organizing leads to freedom.
Reason 4: We teach vulnerable people how to prevent trafficking. By helping villagers form vigilance committees — like a neighborhood watch for traffickers — people can prevent the spread of slavery. In 2012, we trained 14,000 people, and we’re on track to make that target this year too.
Reason 5: Fighting slavery isn’t depressing; it’s joyful! Watch our new Faces of Freedom video, where you’ll see the difference that freedom makes in the lives of slavery survivors.
Reason 6: We fight trafficking in 600-700 communities in six trafficking hot spot countries worldwide. Working in partnership with about 20 local community-based organizations, FTS is combating slavery where it is worst.
Reason 7: We teach government officials what they can do to fight slavery. In 2012, we reached more than 1,500 officials. Slavery is illegal everywhere, so one way to combat it is to get government officials to vigorously enforce existing laws. Officials can also direct economic and educational resources to marginalized communities — which will make people less vulnerable to slavery.
Reason 8: Our front line experts are from the countries where they work, so they are highly motivated to improve life for their neighbors. Watch our new video where our country directors explain why they’ve joined the anti-slavery movement: Passionate About Freedom.
Reason 9: Slavery can be ended. Forever. But only if we act together! Slavery has been around for thousands of years, and it’s been illegal for decades in some countries and for more than a century in others. But we need to finish the job. That means businesses must not profit from slavery, vulnerable people must become resistant to slavery, and governments must not ignore slavery. What’s your part? Simple: spread the word and donate to Free the Slaves.
Reason 10: We get results! Slaves freed & traffickers jailed. We’re moving beyond raising awareness about slavery. We’re doing the job of helping people break free — and stay free. Join us!