Right now, you might be wondering "What can I do?" College students like you are already making a difference, and so can you! Get a first-hand look at how someone you know could end up in modern-day slavery with the Backstory.

Spread the Word


Human trafficking is a hidden problem, so let's get it out of the shadows. Follow the #AgainstOurWill hashtag on Twitter and like the mtvU Against Our Will campaign on Facebook.

Dial Down Demand


Demand for goods and services produced by trafficking victims is what makes human trafficking a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Ever hear a friend talk about going to the strip club or sorta-kinda-maybe-not joking about buying sex? Talk to them about the way they treat women and the realities of the sex industry. Not sure how to start the conversation? Check out these tips on how to talk to your friends about buying sex, respecting women, and the truth about pimping.
  • Find toolkits on how to end demand in your community at CAASE's website.
  • Watch videos featuring the poetry of survivors of commercial sex exploitation here.
  • Visit the Free the Slaves Congo site, where you can use their online tool to learn if slave-tainted minerals are in your home or campus.
  • Choose one item that you use regularly and commit to purchasing it, whenever possible, as a fair trade product. Every little bit helps!
  • Work to dial down demand in your daily life by using Slavery Footprint, an online story-driven survey that helps you determine your contribution to forced labor — and then empowers you to do something about it. Take the survey and sign up with your school, and then download the app for iPhone and Android.



Because human trafficking is a hidden problem, it's often not a legislative priority. Find out ways to get your representatives to take notice below.

  • Thirty-nine states in the US do not have "safe harbor" laws that allow minor sex trafficking victims to be treated as victims. Find out where your state stands on safe harbor and other legislation. Make your voice heard on legislation by signing the Safe Harbor petition and by contacting your representatives.
  • The Trafficking Victims Protection Act is a federal law that helps trafficking survivors and provides funds to prevent trafficking. Support the renewal of the act by emailing your members of Congress.
  • For more information on current legislation and action alerts, visit Polaris Project's advocacy site.
  • Create your own petition on an issue that's impacting your community. Collect signatures and send them to your local representative.



Encourage your college to adopt one of the following curricula on the issues of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and ask your professors to include the topic in class.



There are a number of different ways that you can donate your time to help trafficking survivors or prevent at-risk children from becoming victims of trafficking.



There's power in numbers. Get tips on how to start or join a student group, read blog posts featuring timely actions, and find out how to contact our student organizing team here.



There's a number of ways that you can raise money for organizations fighting modern-day slavery — we've listed a few below.

Report It


If you suspect trafficking is happening in your community, the most effective way to make a difference is by reporting it to one of the below organizations. Remember: never personally intervene in a situation where you suspect trafficking is happening.

  • Submit a tip about a potential trafficking situation on Polaris Project's website, or by calling the 24/7 hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
  • If you believe a child is being exploited, report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline.