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Human Trafficking: Crimes against our Teens #2

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy work week. I did manage to get some writing done and I also got a couple of days of running in for the week. I skipped yesterday, though because I was in the zone with my writing. Anyway, enough about that. Today I’d like to talk about keeping our kids safe.

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Last month, I received an e-mail from our school informing us that there had been a suspicious vehicle reported at one of our bus stops. Now, I take my kids every morning to the bus stop for just that reason. I’ve watched enough of shows like “Discovery ID” and “Forensic Files” to know how these predators work. They pick a kid and learn his schedule and wait and when he or she is vulnerable they grab them. So, I get up every morning and get those kids to the bus. I make sure they get on.

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We must be this vigilant now. Human Trafficking is big business. According to this article, Human Trafficking   your child is worth $300,000 a year to a trafficker. That’s a lot of cash. What exactly is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

How do these traffickers work? Well, they start out grooming your child. They pick the ones who are needy. For example, if the child doesn’t have an authority figure in their lives or they come from a broken home and don’t have many friends. This predator comes into their lives and befriends them, gains their trust, makes all kinds of promises to solve their problems. Then when they’ve got him or her hooked, they start exploiting that trust and the trafficking starts.

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How do we combat this?

We fight this by being involved parents and vetting the people our kids hang out with. If there’s an adult that’s giving them special attention, maybe even buying them gifts, this is a huge red flag. If you’re involved in your child’s life, they’re going to back off because they won’t get your kid to depend on them like they need to, so they can exploit them.

These human traffickers are everywhere. They’re teachers, politicians, coaches, priests, and school counselors. Be aware of the people in your children’s lives. The traffickers won’t waste their time if you’re an involved parent. They target the kids who they feel they can exploit. Right now, it is the second largest criminal enterprise in Michigan. So, let’s put a stop to this and keep our kids safe.

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Do you have any ideas how to protect our kids? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Human Trafficking: Crimes against our Teens

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I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

14 thoughts on “Human Trafficking: Crimes against our Teens #2

  1. It’s becoming an actual epidemic in Canada too! The best thing to do is be involved in your child’s life, support them, and keep the lines of communication open so that they aren’t turning to strangers for attention–my thoughts anyway:-)

    1. You are exactly right! The more involved you are with your kids, the less chance one of these predators can worm their way into their lives! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. It really is frightening how it’s become a worldwide epidemic. Here in South Africa, it has been on the increase in the last three years. Last year, my town was voted as the ‘worst place for human trafficking’, and all sorts of warnings were issued regarding our children – in particular early teens.
    Of course, this has put the majority of us on high alert, whether the kids like it or not. What amazes me is the parents who pretty much pay no attention! I just don’t get the ‘oh please, it’s not going to happen’ attitude!!!
    In my opinion, being overprotective is definitely better than being sorry!
    Great blog post!

    1. I’m 100% with you on being over-protective is better than being sorry! Especially when it concerns our littles. Sorry to hear you’re city is one of the worst for human trafficking. I’m finding this is a world-wide epidemic. 😦

  3. Thanks for writing this post and helping everyone. It is nothing new but techniques have changed. In these days of social media frenzy we take a lot of things for granted. We overlook many signs.

  4. Awareness is truly the key when it comes to this terrible topic, Lisa. Teaching our kids to be aware and beware is unfortunately becoming the norm. Another well done post, my crusading friend!

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