Here are some helpful articles about human trafficking written by Rhonda Sciortino and Sandie Morgan for Foster Focus Magazine.
Some of the most vulnerable people in our society are easily lured and willingly recruited into human trafficking. It’s time to sound the alarm. It’s time that foster care providers learn what to look for. It’s time for child welfare organizations to begin capturing images of the young people in their care so that at the first recognition that a child goes missing, the photo is uploaded into the national database of images of missing children.
We now have evidence to support what many of us have suspected all along—that foster kids are the number one target for those involved in the business of human trafficking. The good news is that every foster parent, relative, caregiver, mentor, coach, teacher and concerned citizen can plan a role in preventing this most heinous of crimes.
If you are wondering what you can do about the commercial sexual exploitation of children, the answer is “MUCH!” One is prevention. Another way to prevent the children within your influence from being trafficked is to instill a sense of their belonging. Include them in your family activities, family pictures, and family responsibilities. Lastly, you can help stop trafficking in your community by being on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
In an ongoing effort to bring more attention to human trafficking, a global epidemic that finds a pipeline in foster care, Foster Focus Magazine brings a fictional account comprised of real life stories of abuse. This story is the compilation of the stories of girls who were rescued from child sex trafficking. Freedom Place is a real place in Texas that receives no government funding. To help the rescued victims, go to www.freedomplaceus.org.