Sometimes in the early waking hours, my groggy brain fixates on a social issue and tries to come up with some half-cocked idea to tackle it. These ideas can range from pretty horrible to halfway decent. So early this morning this one came to mind:
There’s a growing movement right now to bring communities – especially women in underdeveloped countries – together to build business(es) in order to help pull one another out of poverty.
Could we combine the concept of a business co-op with an educational and support network to decrease susceptibility to human trafficking?
The Problem: Women in poverty or their children are at the highest risk of falling victim to human trafficking. Many are deceived by promises of work or citizenship in a safer or more wealthy nation into being trafficked.
The idea would be to make communities of women stronger by uniting them to build a business / businesses together, while at the same time instituting educational initiatives to warn these women about the signs some one is targeting them to be trafficked. The combined strength of the group would also, hopefully, make it harder for traffickers to single women out – or perhaps even be a resource for women already being trafficked or escaping trafficking.
It is very possible that in communities where business co-ops are already happening that human trafficking is already on the decline. That would be awesome.
I’d love to hear from some people who know way more about human trafficking than I, though.
Would such an idea work as a preventative measure? What would prevent it from being successful? Perhaps it’s already happening somewhere – is it working?