By: Matthew Snyder
One of my goals is to find ways to get men involved in the fight against human trafficking. There has been a lot of debate about what the role of men in abolition could be, but I think that at the end of the day it’s about setting an example. On top of that, there is also a host of habits and new perspectives that we as men can adopt to help make us more effective warriors on this issue.
I recently published a simple list of things that men can do to fight human trafficking. The following is a summary or you can read the full article here.
Learn About the Problem
If you don’t know anything about human trafficking, then you need to educate yourself. Knowledge is power and vital to becoming an effective abolitionist.
Stop looking at/downloading pornography
Pornography is a huge addiction for millions of men across the globe. It’s a gateway drug to finding hits, highs, and the next best thing in strip clubs, massage parlors, and go-go bars. When porn no longer gives a man his “fix”, he turns towards the real thing and pays for sex, oftentimes exploiting trafficked victims in the process.
If you struggle with pornography addiction, click here for help.
Stand up for women and be a gentleman
In my opinion, one of the greatest causes of human trafficking worldwide is the blatant disrespect and undervalue for women.
Learn about women’s rights and stand up for them. Even more so, treat them with honor and respect! It could be as simple as opening the door for them.
Become a Big Brother
The reason so many men grow up to be 50-years-old and not resemble a man at all is because they never had a positive father figure in their life.
Fight human trafficking by setting a positive example. Become a Big Brother or a mentor and influence the generations after you for the better.
Raise your voice
Did you know that historically men were the pioneers of the abolition movement and the primary eradicators of slavery? The reason why was because they would never shut up! They spoke out and stood up for those who were being unjustly treated.
We need the voices of men in the abolition movement! Advocate for those who are enslaved and exploited for unjust purposes. Be a voice for the voiceless!
Leverage your income
One of the biggest obstacles in modern-day abolition is lack of funding. Every organization struggles with it and there are countless individuals on staff who raise their own salaries so that donor dollars are maximized.
So instead of paying that monthly gym membership you never use, consider leveraging those dollars to fight human trafficking.
These are merely a handful of ways that you can fight human trafficking, but please make a commitment to BE A MAN and help put an end to this global injustice!
There is a seventh step you could take: join the tribe of 3N1 MEN, a new initiative empowering men to fight human trafficking through advocacy, education, and accountability.
The role of men in the abolition movement has been ill defined for years and we’re helping redefine it. We’re teaching men how to leverage their voice and their influence to advocate for victims of trafficking, educating them on issue with news, updates and articles, and helping them establish systems of accountability to become better men.
Matthew Snyder is a twenty-something writer, dreamer, and creative. He is also the founder of 3N1 MEN, a new initiative that empowers men to fight human trafficking. You can follow him on Twitter @matthewlasnyder.