How to Stay Safe From the Dangers of Human Trafficking


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A poster to spread awareness to stop human trafficking.

Alex Arreola, Journalist

Human Trafficking has become a larger issue since the introduction of social media because of how much easier it is to find victims.

Human trafficking is the third largest criminal activity, according to the official FBI website, with thousands of people falling victim to it yearly. The victims of human trafficking are comprised of runaway children, while others are kidnapped or taken at a young age and sold on the black market. A way that children fall victim to human trafficking is due to the human trafficker forming relations with the victim. They convince victims to run away with them because they had given the victim a false sense of security.

A way that human traffickers contact victims is through social media. Apps such as Instagram, a platform where you post photos, makes it easier to find victims. If the person’s account is public it can be viewed by anyone and they can also be messaged by anyone. The human trafficker can make a fake account of an attractive teen and lure them by sending loving messages to gain trust.

To stay safe from these dangers Sophomore Erika Pipkin stated, “I believe that ,we as children, should trust our parents and stay in safe populated areas and try not to be alone.”

It is advised to not meet people alone on the internet but many also advise you don’t meet people over the internet and when you do to take the steps needed to protect yourself. For our generation, it seems that it is much easier to come in contact with these dangers according to Sophomore Lauryn Tess “Human trafficking has made it so our generation lives in fear and caused us to take extra precautions to stay safe.”

“When using social media please be mindful of who you are talking to and take precautions to ensure safety.”

If you believe there is a risk of you, or someone you know, falling victim to human trafficking, contact the human trafficking hotline at 888-373-7888 or text 233733.