How Gangs Are Using Social Media To Exploit Young People

Prosecutors say Venus Romero Iraheta (pictured top center) and other gang members lured 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas (pictured left) to a park in Fairfax County, where she was beaten and stabbed 23 times.

It’s easy to believe that because we don’t see a mob of gang members in our neighborhoods that our kids will not be exposed to gangs. Did you know that gangs have I.T. guys, webmasters and social media experts? 

Today we will explore how gangs and cartels are maximizing technologies to access, groom, recruit and exploit our young people. Social media allows gangs to form cliques. They have dispersed management so as not to be obvious to the public. They use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other apps and sites to meet young girls to groom them into sex trafficking. They use social media for money laundering, buying and selling of drugs, guns and commercial sex, and to announce hit lists. And yes, they use social media to lure in sex buyers in order to blackmail, beat and, in some instances, murder them.

Join us Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7a.m. PST on VOICE AMERICA – Variety Channel as we examine how gangs use social media to exploit the innocent.

If you missed the live show, you can listen to the archived show at You can also find us on iTunes at Exploited – Crimes Against Humanity

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Million Kids

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EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity,” airs Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Voice America – Variety Channel. Click HERE to download the mobile app or to link via your computer to listen.

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