IS YOUR CHILD PROTECTED FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

Being a parent is daunting work, and the challenges that parents face today are very different than those faced even 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Our children need protection from dangers very specific to our time and society. Here are 8 facts about human trafficking that every parent should know, and some tips on how to protect your children in a world with slavery. 

1. Human trafficking doesn't only happen to foreigners. This misconception can make vulnerable a lot of people who believe they are immune to trafficking in their home country. The words themselves often brings to mind something akin to smuggling, but the modern phrase 'human trafficking' is synonymous with 'slavery', and domestic human trafficking happens in every country in the world.

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2. Children are vulnerable on the internet, all the time. That means every tablet, smartphone, school computer, laptop, ipod, etc. If it's connected to the internet, it gives another person freedom to communicate with your child without your supervision or even your awareness. This is not to be taken lightly. Traffickers are fully aware of the power and reach given to them by the web and are looking for victims whose parents do not monitor their online use.

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8. Unfortunately, they need to know all of this a lot sooner than you'd like to think. ​Children are using web connected devices at younger and younger ages. As child pornography grows exponentially, the demand for younger victims rises also. The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is 12-14. The youngest victims rescued from human trafficking are incomprehensibly young. Even if your children are young enough to require only a basic understanding, start the conversation.

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1. Human trafficking doesn't only happen to foreigners. This misconception can make vulnerable a lot of people who believe they are immune to trafficking in their home country. The words themselves often brings to mind something akin to smuggling, but the modern phrase 'human trafficking' is synonymous with 'slavery', and domestic human trafficking happens in every country in the world.

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