The Real Deal with Human Trafficking

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

How can we keep ourselves and our children safe from the threats of human trafficking.


We have all heard the horror stories of women and children being followed - maybe nearly drugged - and almost abducted while at the grocery store, shopping at the mall or making their way to the car in a parking lot, and we are told it's human trafficking. It's not that abductions like that never happen, but it's not very common. And if and when it does - it's rarely for the purpose of human trafficking.


We definitely still need to be aware of our surroundings and on guard for suspicious behavior and people, but if you want to be prepared and armed specifically against the threat of human trafficking - which is a very real concern for some - we need a more accurate perspective of what that is and actually looks like.

Trafficking most often involves a grooming process and creating willing victims.

That means the focus of our concern and attention for keeping our children safe is better put on...

  • social media use,

  • our children's choice of friends and relationships,

  • their self esteem,

  • ability to set and uphold boundaries,

  • open, honest communication in your home.


Beating Disaster

Provides training and coaching for individuals and groups on adopting a Safety Plan to greatly decrease the risk of becoming victimized by human trafficking.

www.beatingdisaster.com


You can be a part of the solution and minimize the risk to your own children by paying attention to your surroundings. You will come to notice a whole lot that doesn’t look right.

Your simple observation and phone call could provide the missing link in saving one or more lives as well as increasing the safety in your neighborhood and community.

Learn more about trafficking from reliable resources so you can better identify signs and victims. You can follow any of these on social media to learn more as well as easily share information with others:


Polaris Project

https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognize-signs


Hope for Justice

http://hopeforjustice.org/spot-the-signs/


Stop the Traffik

https://www.stopthetraffik.org/


DHS

https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/indicators-human-trafficking


By being informed of the signs of trafficking you can make a difference by speaking up to the right authorities when you see something does not look right. Report concerns and suspicious behavior...


Another way to help is when traveling take pictures of your hotel room and upload them to TraffickCam. Versions are available for both: Apple and Android


Non-profits and charities dedicated to helping victims of trafficking include:


All Worthy of Love

https://allworthyoflove.org/


National Trafficking Hotline

humantraffickinghotline.org

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