Human Trafficking Prevention

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This weekend the 53rd NFL Superbowl will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Amongst the hustle and bustle that comes along with large sporting events, human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, will see a spike in activity. While it has been hard to gain solid statistics on numbers of individuals who are trafficked during these kinds of events, anecdotal evidence makes it clear that it does happen. The influx of visitors, the celebratory atmosphere, and the potential for higher profits all work together to increase the demand for sex trafficking in these environments.  

Human Trafficking Isn't Just a "Super Bowl Problem"

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up! And with it comes up the press and media coverage associated with large-scale sporting events. You might be seeing something on the news about how “the Super Bowl is the world’s largest human trafficking event in the world.”

That’s not exactly the case; large sporting events of any kind will cause a spike in demand and increase the likelihood of encountering a victim of human trafficking. But, while you can’t pin exactly how many people are trafficked during an event, here are the things we do know:

Is Human Trafficking Happening in Your Classroom?

You’ve probably been in school for a little bit by this point and gotten to know your students better. Do any of your students seem “off”? Maybe they don’t quite meet your eyes when they talk to you or they have already had some unexcused absences?

While not always, this could be an indicator of human trafficking. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for labor or commercial sex. Unfortunately, many of these victims can go unnoticed in your classroom. 

Teenager speaking with counselor

Developing a healthy style of communication is important to most people and considered a life skill that many desire. This skill can be developed at an early age and many educators are now making it a point to foster communication skills to help their students. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes see younger people who show signs of unhealthy communication that manifest in the forms of unhealthy relationships and anger.

 

If you are seeing these signs, know that there is something you can do to correct it.

 

February 17, 2020