Grab and Go: Podcasts about Human Trafficking
Podcasts seem to be having what some might call "a moment." From home repair to cooking tips to social justice issues, there seems to be a podcast for anything and everything.
Surprisingly, I do not have a lot of free time in my day. However, when I do, I listen to podcasts! Living with a demanding schedule every day can sometimes rob me of the opportunity to enjoy reading and learning about different topics. Therefore, I turn to podcasts!
I have compiled podcast recommendations about human trafficking that will allow you to become educated, inspired, and equipped to continue this journey of advocating for the inherent dignity of all people.
The New Activist
The New Activist is presented by International Justice Mission (IJM) and the RELEVANT Podcast Network. This weekly show features activists and leaders fighting some of the greatest injustices in our world today. Some guests include IJM staff, pastors, business owners, chefs, and artists that use their skills to fight human trafficking. Every episode focuses on a different area of injustice and ends with what we can do to act or become activists ourselves.
“It is one thing to be awakened to injustice and quite another to be willing to be inconvenienced and interrupted to do something about it.” -Christine Caine
In Plain Sight
Hosted by director and producer, David Trotter, IN PLAIN SIGHT Podcast empowers and equips listeners with tangible tips to combat human trafficking in areas of prevention, demand, rescue, aftercare, research, and much more. The hope of this podcast is to help listeners act in their own city by highlighting areas to recruit volunteers such as church, school, family, camps, and work. Events or locations they pinpoint as high trafficking areas include the super bowl, trucking industry, pornography, and foster care. This podcast mirrors the mission of Dressember, that, collectively, we can end human trafficking as we learn and work together in our own ways.
Ending Human Trafficking Podcast
Ending Human Trafficking Podcast by Sandra Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University of Southern California, and Dave Stachowiak, Board Member of the Center, is an educational podcast studying the challenges related to human trafficking. These include the impact of substance abuse on victims and the difficulty of finding housing for survivors. As an educated voice, listeners will be better equipped to engage in tough conversations and educate others on human trafficking.
The Dragonfly Human Trafficking Podcast
The Dragonfly Home’s name represents strength and a future of freedom for the people they serve. The dragonfly symbolizes transformation, courage, resilience, and happiness for the potential survivors can have at The Dragonfly Home. The Human Trafficking Podcast focuses on getting to the truth about human trafficking by addressing common misconceptions. Topics include what human trafficking is, where and how it occurs, who the victims are, and if there can be hope. By understanding misconceptions about human trafficking, listeners can more accurately understand and describe the truth to others.
In addition to podcasts, various sources have conducted one-time podcasts on the issue of human trafficking. Some of these are even shorter than the average podcast, which allows for an opportunity to listen even for the busiest advocate out there.
Stuff You Should Know
National Public Radio: Human trafficking in the news
National Public Radio (NPR) is a multimedia news organization and radio program that serves the public via digital platforms by providing informative and in-depth resources. NPR has conducted various stories about human trafficking.
“Survivors Present Recommendations On How To End Human Trafficking” is a less than five-minute report with Evelyn Chumbow, a survivor of human trafficking. Chumbow and other survivors have compiled recommendations for how to end human trafficking in the United States and present to listeners.
“The Trucking Industry: A Focus On Smuggling And Human Trafficking” is a brief news report about a truck trailer participating in a human smuggling case in Texas that helped raise awareness among truckers.
“Sex Trafficking In Small Towns: ‘It Happens Virtually Anywhere’” is a five-minute news report that focuses on one local non-profit’s efforts to combat human trafficking in small towns, a scenario more common with intimate relationships and substance incentives.
Podcasts are the perfect opportunity for me to engage in a conversation specifically about human trafficking as I go about my daily tasks. Whether I am walking to class, eating lunch, or doing the dishes, podcasts have always been there to inform and encourage me. It sounds like I’m in a steady relationship with them and I encourage you to explore ways you can incorporate grabbing these resources as you go about your day.
About the Author
Kaitlyn Wanta is about to graduate college and face the real world. After learning how to stay warm in a dress during Wisconsin's winter, she is excited to hear and share the stories of fellow Dressember advocates. Her bucket list includes riding in a hot air balloon, finishing a cookbook by making all the recipes, and catching a fish larger than herself.