Saturday, January 25, 2020

Predator Uses Bible App to Target Girls

From Instagram and Snapchat to Kik and WhatsApp, the ways that sexual predators are targeting today’s youth are practically endless. But a man from Hillsborough County, Florida even shocked authorities when they discovered he was using the YouVersion Bible App of all things to secretly contact underage girls in a local church youth group. Read the whole story here.
The message here is nothing is safe and parents must keep communication open with children AND keep current on Social Media.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Federal Government Action on Trafficking

As President Trump proclaimed January 2020 "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month" he stated, "With my resolute support, executive departments and agencies are steadfastly continuing the battle to abolish this form of modern slavery." listed these recent accomplishments: 
  1. The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, led by the Department of Justice, more than doubled convictions of human traffickers in ACTeam districts. 
  2. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security initiated more than 800 investigations related to human trafficking and the Department of State launched its Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network, comprised of survivors and other subject matter experts, to inform its anti-trafficking policies and programs. 
  3. The Department of Health and Human Services continues to provide funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and in Fiscal Year 2018 it funded victim assistance programs that provided benefits and services to more than 2,400 victims. 
  4. For the first time, the Department of Transportation committed $5.4 million in grants to the prevention of human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. 
  5. The Office of Management and Budget also published new anti-trafficking guidance for Government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking in Federal contracting.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Your Child Has Already Been Targeted

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Human Trafficking

#7- Pedophiles and traffickers can message your children through YouTube.
#6- Human trafficking doesn’t just happen in big cities. 
#5- Boys are trafficked, too. 
#4- Traffickers can be doctors, lawyers, and CEOs, too. 
#3- Foster care children, immigrants, and refugees are at the greatest risk for becoming victims. 
#2- Your child has already been targeted by a human trafficker. 
#1- Many children and teens are trafficked “in plain sight.”