“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal,
you do not change your goal to get there.” Zig Ziglar
United Against Slavery (UAS) is committed to providing a platform to address challenging issues affecting the anti-trafficking movement that allows everyone to have a voice to impact change in this fight. Through collaborative teamwork, we desire every topic to be discussed that would enable us to unify for a cause greater than anyone of us could combat alone. Every voice should be heard.
We live in a time where discussions about human trafficking are more common than even a few years ago. Significant progress has been made to combat sex and labor trafficking and domestic servitude through raising awareness, increased trainings, and a commitment to collaborative teamwork. More victims are being freed from enslavement. More survivors are being empowered in their healing journey. And more states are adding new laws to prosecute traffickers and men and women who pay for sex.
Polaris Project and Shared Hope shed light on the progress made across the United States on state laws that were passed to combat trafficking. You can review a full breakdown of progress being made here:
Polaris Project State Ratings
Shared Hope Protected Innocence Challenge
Addressing Current Challenges
With any social cause that experiences significant growth, challenges can arise that adversely affect those impacted the most if left unaddressed. It should be unacceptable to all of us to witness survivors lacking the proper resources to empower them during their healing journey. As we discuss hard issues, we should be willing to respect the difference of opinions and embrace diversity and unity instead of fueling division. Social media serves as a more vocal platform where Facebook posts or Twitter Tweets discuss some of the growing challenges within the anti-trafficking movement. Many are already using their voices to identify these challenges as they share their discontent for the problems that are preventing significant breakthrough to providing direct victim services to those who are no longer enslaved by this modern day form of slavery.
Each challenge will continue to have a negative impact on anti-trafficking efforts unless we commit to set aside differences and stand united to be a light for those trapped in darkness. To do that, we believe there are several major issues that need to be addressed. There are many more challenges facing the movement but we believe this is a start.
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