Are you listening? Do we have your attention? It’s all over the news. Human Trafficking is here. It’s present and it is deadly to its victims.
Robert Kraft - owner of the Patriots- allegedly soliciting sex from trafficked victims on Superbowl Sunday; The morning of the game. A long list of johns - from a minister to the dad next door, to college-aged kids. The police are asking for each john to serve 30 days in jail. Thirty days. If we are not part of the solution - we are part of the problem.
What are some simple things you can do? You can simply ask questions if something looks suspicious.
“Do you have control of your money?” “ Do you have any personal ID?” “ When was the last time you saw any member of your family?” Victims lack knowledge of their whereabouts. They are restricted from communicating. No cell phone is a tip-off. They can have visible signs of branding (tattooing) of trafficker’s name or $ sign; usually on their necks. I realize I have mentioned some of these before, and I will continue to do so. We need to hear it. We need to act.
Traffickers are smart. They don’t usually look scary. They can be male or female. They befriend their victims and get to know them over time, establishing trust and friendship. The children they target are naive and vulnerable.
Arm your children with knowledge - tell them to be wary of strangers who strike up conversations and seem too friendly, too quickly. Keep communications open and available with your children. Talk to them openly so that they, in turn, will talk openly to you. Be vigilant.