The trafficking and sexual exploitation of children is a “flourishing”…
These days, everyone’s taking serious steps to stay safe from COVID-19. We’re stuck at home and spending a lot more time online. Just like in real life, there’s good stuff and bad stuff that can happen to you on the Internet. And just like with COVID-19, you can take steps to protect yourself.
Our Rapid Responses help youth understand how a perpetrator uses manipulation, tricks, and force to take advantage of them. We talk about how easy it is to be taken advantage of. How everyone has things they need, things they struggle with, and how someone could use these things to build trust for the sole purpose of exploitation. This may be the first time that he or she is told: “It is not OK that someone treated you this way.” It may be the first time they hear: “It is not your fault.” Or that: “You are valuable and important.”
We’re always really encouraged when people look at where they are and ask the question — “What can I do to give back?” You don’t have to quit school or change careers to start working for good in the world. Many times, those making the biggest impact are the ones who take where they already are and attempt to work it for good. Our friends at Modify Watches are just the latest example of a group of people doing just that.
A few months ago I was at a program in Manila. I was there to teach about the vulnerabilities of sexually exploited children to a group of senior Asian leaders who hadn’t been exposed to the issue of trafficking. I thought it would helpful for them to see the issue firsthand.