Over the past weekend I was informed of the tragic rise in sex trafficking and abductions in the United States and my heart not only broke but began to become seized with fear. I even had my children watch the movie Taken to watch for themselves how easy it is to allow our good nature and belief in the goodness of others to overcome good judgment. (It is an excellent movie by the way)
Luckily, a friend of mine reminded me,
"For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness,
but one of power, love, and sound judgment."
2 Timothy 1:7
That is the key, power, love and sound judgment.
I found an excellent article I invite you to read on Georgia Family Magazine website - click here to read - and it ends with some very useful tips every parent should know, discuss with your children and take seriously:
TIPS TO PROTECT
YOUR CHILD FROM SEX TRAFFICKING
- Make sure your children are with you, or with a trusted adult at all times.
- Strictly monitor computer use. Sex traffickers can toy with children over the Internet at their leisure, until they have them emotionally entrapped. (carefully consider not allowing them into chat rooms)
- Educate your children going off to college or travel about the deception used by sex traffickers. If someone seemingly needy asks for assistance, girls should get a policeman or a security guard to help.
- Teach kids never to lose themselves in alcohol or drugs.
- Warn young people to avoid stairwells, elevators, clubs, bars, and deserted streets where they can be whisked out of sight.
- Teach youngsters to beware of offers of modeling and dancing careers that seem too good to be true. Millions of girls have lost their lives believing they were going to be famous, or have better opportunities.
Tips to Protect your child from Georgia Family Magazine online.
States with the most trafficking cases:
4. New York
Excellent Online Resource: