Yes, It Happens Here. How Can We Protect Children from Human Trafficking?
Last year more than a quarter million children were involved in human trafficking across the United States. And it can happen to any child in any community. There are risk groups (such as children with mental health issues, gang involvement and runaways) but local experts have seen cases with children of all ages, genders and socioeconomic groups.
Prince William County Schools has developed an outstanding program to both educate 9th grade students and the general public, as well as develop a coordinated system of care for victims of human trafficking.
This Sunday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and we thought it was the perfect time to share our recent Parenting Today Radio Show segment (through our partnership with iHeart Radio) with Jessica Woelkers, who works in sex trafficking prevention for Prince William County Schools.