Protecting Your Child from Trafficking and Internet Safety
Joint Session from Ryan Hubbard & Lacy Tolar
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Every year, millions of men, women, and children worldwide—including in the United States—are victims of human trafficking. Victims are often lured with false promises of well-paying jobs or are manipulated by people they trust, but instead are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor, or other types of forced labor.
The sexual abuse of children impacts the most vulnerable segment of our society. It is important to recognize the importance of education and community awareness regarding the dangers of online activity. Many online child predators are able to find victims online because children are not aware of how dangerous online environments can be. Providing children, teens, parents and teachers with information regarding the dangers of online environments and how to stay safe online can help prevent many instances of this crime.