While we are on the subject of human trafficking and slavery, I wanted to mention another charity. This is one that we have donated to in the recent past, so it doesn't really count as one of the 52 new charities I want to highlight in this blog, but they do very good work and shouldn't be overlooked. The Polaris Project has been working for over a decade to end human trafficking in the United States and globally.
Lest you think this is a problem only developing countries face, you should know that human trafficking was reported in each and every one of the fifty US states last year. It could very well be that just down the street from where you live or work, there are people held against their will and forced into the sex trade or other labor. If you ever see signs of such a situation, call the Polaris Project's hotline for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. You can report your suspicions anonymously and it will be forwarded to social service providers and/or law enforcement officials, as appropriate.