By Jessica Shrieve MA, LPC
Human Trafficking Awareness – Human Trafficking is something that can be so scary and unimaginable that it never seems it could happen to anyone in your family, but millions of people are involved in human trafficking every single day. Those involved in Human Trafficking will typically target those who are more vulnerable and susceptible to trusting strangers who appear to care for them. This makes kids and teens with unlimited and unmonitored access to the internet significantly more vulnerable to falling into the hands of a trafficker.
The best defense against this scary reality is working to create an open and communicative relationship with your children. Creating an environment where kids and teens are comfortable talking about difficult topics and sharing what is going on in their lives on a daily basis is vital. It can be difficult to reach this place in your relationship if there have been rough patches or prior issues creating difficulty communicating between the parent and child. If you or someone you know are struggling in the relationship with your children please reach out and we would be happy to help you work towards an environment that can help your family in avoiding the scary reality of human trafficking.