These points I gathered from listening to the stories of two brave survivors during a presentation by the SW Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force:
1. First, we need to remember that a girl/woman trapped in human traffick slavery is a valuable human being.
2. Children (and this includes teens) lack the maturity to appropriately protect themselves. They need strong, kind adults looking out for them . . . planting seeds of resiliency that will someday allow them as victims to open up.
3. Keep your eyes open for children on the margins . . . a girl sitting at the back of the classroom with her head down . . . a pretty girl that looks like she has it all; but has few friends. Be the person who sows the seeds of hope for them.
4. Acting out and getting into trouble is often a sign that of abuse. When ignored it can lead to looking for love in all the wrong places.
5. Social media is normalizing sexual acts for younger children. Normalization makes it easier for kids to bend to what others want from them. Educate children with this in mind.
6. Adults are powerful in children’s eyes. It is easy for an adult to scare/coax an adolescent into doing just about anything.
#Human Trafficking #Human Rights