RUNAWAY TEENAGERS AND SEX TRAFFICKING:
PUSH – PULL FACTORS
Million Kids has educated hundreds of thousands of parents and kids about how predators use dating sites, social media apps, online gaming chat rooms, and mass audience live streaming apps to seduced and groom young people that often ends in exploitation. It is believed that social media is used in over 90% of minor-related sex trafficking cases to access and groom the victim. It is also believed that one out of six youth, who runaway from home, will be victims of sex trafficking in the first 48 hours. That is simply astounding!
Million Kids often works with anguished parents, who are trying to find their runaway child. We send out hundreds of thousands of online flyers trying to assist those parents. We often speak with kids about social media and how pimps, predators and pedophiles will seduce them or blackmail them with an illicit photo. We find that most kids will listen if we explain it in terms they understand.
Million kids is able to do this work because people DONATE and make this possible. While this work is hard and sometimes very frustrating, it is also very rewarding when a missing teen is returned home, a girl admits that she was thinking of meeting a new love on the internet but decided not to, or a young man admits he is tempted to send a nude photo, but now understands why he should not. The “ALMOST BUT DIDN’T” cases are our favorite and makes our work worthwhile. But often, we are frustrated as we talk with very at-risk kids who are contemplating a life-changing move on the internet.
This week we examine the “push-pull” influencing factors that make runaway youth so vulnerable. We will identify many factors that make a teen more vulnerable to recruitment and also some of the positive things families can do to help their child build strong identify and self worth.
RESOURCES, LINKS and CASES:
- Facts and Figures About Runaway and Homeless Youth (Family & Youth Services Bureau)
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