THIS IS SUCH A SERIOUS SUBJECT - PLEASE TALK TO YOUR KIDS SO THEY CAN BE AWARE OF HOW SEX TRAFFICKERS TRY TO RECRUIT IF YOUR LIKE ME YOU WILL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE- START THE CONVERSATION TODAY
*Recruiters frequent malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, parks, typical teen hang out areas, and around school grounds. Make sure your children are supervised and not alone when in these areas.
*Recruiters are always looking for girls who are alone or isolated; if your child is with a group, she is much less likely to be targeted.
*Make sure your child is not alone when they are going to or from school or other extracurricular activities.
*Have a code word or phrase. For example, saying “I’m fine” means “Not okay! I need help!”. This way, if they are in the hands of an abductor they can text you this code without raising the suspicion of the abductor or recruiter.
*Use the percentage sign or some unique symbol that will allow your child to text you one quick symbol to tell you they are in trouble.
*Have specific and periodic check in times with your children. Setting a recurring alarm on your child’s phone will help them remember to check in. If your child misses a check in time, you can set a response in motion assuming that they are in trouble.
*Ethical Modeling agencies do not typically solicit girls who are alone. Thoroughly screen any solicitation for your child to model or to go somewhere with someone who has not been vetted.
*Talk to your child about what to do if they get into trouble with someone who is threatening them. The basic rule is to never go to the second location once you realize you are in danger. No matter what the threat, advise them to go to a figure of authority immediately.
*It is a difficult discussion to have, especially with junior high age children, but 8 to 14 year-olds are the primary targets of recruiters. Children really need to be coached on how to respond to that type of threat if it happens to them.
*Advise your child to never leave any drink, even water, unattended at any party or event. Recruiters will drop what they call a “roofie” into the drink which causes the victim to become submissive to anyone without bringing attention to the situation.