When it comes to the safety of our children, we don’t think twice about making our children sit down and listen to us over and over again about the ways to keep themselves safe. So why, when it comes to keeping your child safe from being human trafficked are we not as diligent.
Here are 3 main reasons that people are not being as diligent as they should be on this subject.
- They think, feel, and believe “it won’t happen to me or my family.”
- They are not aware of the dangers.
- They lack reinforcements in their lives to understand the current realities.
We need to understand that anyone, any time, anywhere can become a target. The hunters look for vulnerable people and are good at what they do.
They watch and wait.
They check out people at schools, on social media, in group settings to see who the most likely victims are. They ask the right questions and find out what the victim needs to feel safe, loved, secure and wanted. In other words, they find what is missing in their lives and find a way to fulfill those needs.
When society can start to understand what causes someone to be a victim, we can start to stand in the gap for those people and save them from becoming the next person trafficked.
The 4 most popular ‘needs’ the trafficker is looking for and is willing to fulfill.
- Wanting independence and or to get away from what they perceive are controlling guardians/parents.
- The need for money and or drugs.
- Looking for some excitement and or glamour in their lives.
- Feeling loved, popular, special.
As we can see this last point is verified by Stats Canada where they state that: Almost one in three victims were trafficked by a current or former intimate partner. A common way in which traffickers initially lure or groom victims is to position themselves as trustworthy, through false promises or pretenses of romantic interest*
As adults, we need to keep the lines of communication open with children.
- We need to be talking to them whenever we can about this topic. Waiting until they bring it up is not always going to work.
- We need to go to our school boards and ask them to get more education put into the system regarding Human trafficking. Or have professionals come and train on this as a special event so that the child is getting information not only from home but from outside sources.
- You need to attend and or sign your child up for any courses you see regarding this topic that will help them see and understand this is not just you as a parent pushing a panic button, but it is you doing what you can to keep them safe.