While this blog is designed primarily around industrial and workplace safety anyone who’s spent any time here has seen that I try to cover pretty much anything that has to do with safety in any form. This is why I want to talk about your children and the sex industry in the US.
Most of us think about porn on the internet when we think at all about protecting our kids. None of us ever think that one of our kids might be in danger of being someday taken and put to work as a prostitute. We think our kids know better.
If you aren’t explaining to them what the real dangers are and what methods sex traffickers use to lure kids are young as 13 or even younger away from the safety of home and into a world where a pimp will make millions from them and other young kids your child is in real danger. It’s that simple.
I could spend a lot of time outlining all that I’ve learned from various organizations in the past few years but I think that they could do a better job of it then I can so I’m going to provide you with a few links to check out.
Shared Hope International – This is an organization founded by Linda Smith, a former Washington State Congresswoman that my wife and I have been supporting financially for a number of years now. We have 3 grown daughters and I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have one of them disappear and end up in the world that this organization is trying to stop. Their site has a ton of great resources and information. A lot of it will be as shocking to you as it was to my wife and I. We are committed to supporting them, not only financially but with our time as well. I hope, that after reading more about them, you will as well.
If you are more visual and can’t see yourself reading through the information on the site then head over to their YouTube page and check out the videos that they’ve uploaded there. If you further only want a quick 2 minute rundown of the issue check out the trailer to the new “Chosen” documentary that they are trying to show in every Jr. High and High School they can get into.
Urban Institute Study – This is a brand new 348 page study that was just released entitled “Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities”. There’s a lot of reading there but I guarantee it’ll open your eyes to some pretty startling things that are happening around us every day.
Please share this information with your kids. Most runaways will be approached by a sex trafficker within 48 hrs and it isn’t only troubled teens who are vulnerable. Watch the “Chosen” trailer I mentioned above. Even popular students on the honor roll who volunteer and have jobs are targeted. Your child may never be approached but if he or she is don’t you want to know for sure that you’ve told them what to expect and how to keep themselves safe? Don’t just bury your head in the sand and pretend that it couldn’t happen to you and your child because it can.