It’s January. You know what that means.

Time to work off your Christmas carbs. Max out your gift cards. Buy journals that say inspirational things on the cover like ‘dream big’ or ‘she believed she could so she did.’ You know those things.

Oh and one more thing: observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

For all of us here at Palate Coffee Brewery, human trafficking awareness month happens twelve months a year. But for the outside world, it’s a different story.

We’d like to take this opportunity to show you how to raise awareness. And in true 21st-century style, it’s all about the social media.

So get on your phones and start tweeting, retweeting, posting, liking, and hash-tagging. I’ve even written the words for you AND created social media graphics.

For Twitter

27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking. Seriously, this needs to end. #endhumantrafficking #humantraffickingawarenessmonth #sexslavery #spreadawareness

Raise awareness: 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported in the US are likely to become sex trafficking victims. #endhumantrafficking #humantraffickingawarenessmonth #sexslavery #spreadawareness

A trafficker can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the avg. trafficker has 4-6 victims. This needs to stop. #endhumantrafficking #humantraffickingawarenessmonth #sexslavery #spreadawareness

Does the person show signs of having been denied food/sleep/medical care? Are they with someone to whom they defer? Speak up: (888) 373 7888. #humantrafficking #humantraffickingawarenessmonth #sexslavery #spreadawareness

Learn how to spot human trafficking victims. Your voice could be the difference between life and death. Report smt suspicious: (888) 373 7888. #humantrafficking #humantraffickingawarenessmonth #sexslavery #spreadawareness

For Facebook

January is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth. Every year, between 100,000-300,000 children are trafficked in the United States. Let it be known: this is our fight. Raise awareness. Pay attention to your surroundings. Help end human trafficking.

[Insert link to informative article. I don’t mean to be biased, but this one is good.]

For Instagram

For #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth, I’m sharing facts on how to spot human-trafficking victims. If you encounter an individual who you suspect may be a victim, ask yourself the following:

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or church?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Is there a wide age gap between the person and someone they are with, however, they don’t interact as though they’re related?
  • Is the person branded with a tattoo? (Traffickers sometimes tattoo their initials, the victim’s street name, or a gang member symbol onto the person they have trafficked.)
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement?

#humantrafficking #humantraffickingawarenessmonth #sexslavery #spreadawareness #humantraffickingawareness

Your Social Graphics

Here’s an informative social media graphic* you can copy and post on Instagram and other platforms:

 You can use this graphic for your Instagram story:

We know there’s already a lot of sad content on the media. But before change can happen, we need people to know that change is needed. So raise awareness, spread the word, and volunteer. Together, we can fight to end human trafficking.

Learn more about Palate’s parent anti-trafficking nonprofit, Love Missions, and what you can do to help fight human trafficking.

*Fact source: humanrightsfirst.org/resource/human-trafficking-numbers

This post was originally published on sanfordcoffee.com.

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