Tuesday, January 11, 2022, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day! WEAR BLUE to show your support and solidarity.
Got To Stop LLC endeavors to raise awareness and educate school communities on ways to prevent and reduce the illegal dehumanizing and demoralizing sale of children.
Human Trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It is the largest growing industry in the United States. It surpasses the selling of illegal guns and drugs. Annually, human trafficking globally generates an estimated $150 billion in profits. United States ranks as the number one country for Human Trafficking. The motive of traffickers—regardless of the type of human trafficking they are engaged in—is clear: money!2 Whether it is labor trafficking, sex-trafficking, or organ trafficking, bodies are being bought and sold every second of the day.
Our children are online more frequently, for educational, social, and recreational purposes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Children’s social media usage has increased. Online predators, who are motivated by money, take advantage of the rise in economic turmoil, health disparities, food insecurity, homelessness, increased internet usage, are lurking on social media apps, gaming platforms, group chats, direct messaging, gift exchange and mobile payment services. Due to Covid-19 lockdown mandates, children who may seek help may not get the support they need because access to preventive and protection services are not easily accessible.
Predators breed in vulnerable conditions and profit substantially from disadvantaged and trauma-related situations. When children’s basic physiological, financial, or social-emotional needs are not met or conflicts/abuses exist in the home, children can fall into the hands of sexual predators. While children are home or unsupervised, online predators stalk social media pages recruiting boys and girls or finding peer recruiters and luring them away from their homes and within their homes leading them into the life of commercial sexual exploitation.
While all children are vulnerable to human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the African-American community; Black girls, Black boys, and Black LBGTQI youth are targeted at higher rates than any other race in the United States. Human Trafficking statistics in the African-American community are inaccurate because cases are unreported/underreported or the statistics for white trafficked children include Latinx. “Moreover, today’s anti-trafficking movement has failed to understand and address the racial contours of domestic sex trafficking in the United States and even perpetuates the racial myths that undermine the proper identification of minority youth as sex trafficking victims.”
Parents and schools must take joint responsibility in teaching our kids how to use technology safely and responsibly. We must take accountability. Got To Stop LLC can show you how to take action now!
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Got To Stop LLC met with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to discuss the dangers of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)and the impacts. We advocated for all teachers to receive Anti-Human Trafficking Prevention Training. On March 20, 2019, the Resolution calling for Human Trafficking prevention training passed. Got To Stop is leading this effort to get our educators educated to keep our children healthy safe.
In April 2019, Got To Stop partnered with the National Pan-Hellenic Council of New York and organized a 9-mile Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Walk. Got To Stop was joined by community-based and faith-based organization agencies, advocates, and youth groups and passed out safety and prevention tips.
In 2019, Got To Stop LLC collaborated with United To Fight Against Human Trafficking (UNITAS) and their team of experts, advocates, and Survivors/Thrivers and developed a Human Trafficking Exploitation Prevention Educational Curriculum for middle-school and high school students. Learn about the biases and stereotypes widely associated with human trafficking and how they perpetuate the crisis. Education is the key to prevention. Please help us spread the message.