Today on the show we talk awe inspiring memories, the word hero and human trafficking. First a big thank you to our guest this week for meeting with me on such short notice. Our guest runs an organization that does outreach and education about human trafficking. I thought in this article I would bring up some of the sources that are talked about in the show and make them accessible for the audience. The main source that is mentioned several times is the Trafficking in Persons report that is published by the U.S. Department of State. (Direct link: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/)
Human trafficking is an issue that plagues communities in insidious ways and is truly the modern form of slavery. We get into direct numbers in the show but I wanted to directly address the issue. The empowerment of our children to disobey those that would use coercion to engage their willful compliance is at the core of human trafficking in the United States. The culture we have cultivated of “mind your own business” is another issue at hand. Educate your children about what to do. From a young age as a child you are told; obey authority figures, don’t cause trouble, go with the flow. Explain the situations and the dangers of being approached by strangers and what to look out for. Explain appropriate ways to get out of situations and how to not go with strangers that they do not know.
For all the officers out there that are confronted with this issue wondering how you could even begin to discern if there is an issue on normal contact with individuals, go get training. In general the leading method is separation of parties with a short interview of underage people. Follow instincts when your gut says something is wrong.
I am very happy that I was able to have this conversation on the show and bring something that is turning into a huge problem into the light.
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