Our responsibility is greater than ever...
With the thrust into online learning as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic schools and organizations have been forced to shift traditional learning models at the flip of a switch. Unfortunately, predators rely heavily on social media as a way to identify and groom victims. We must step up our prevention protocols as the risk continues to increase.
The federal government also emphasizes the role of schools in combating child trafficking. One report released by the U.S. Department of Education identifies the following responsibilities schools have to address child trafficking.
Increase staff awareness and educate staff on the indicators and nature of the crime
Increase parent and student awareness of the risks involved with trafficking
Develop and clearly articulate district and school wide policies on and protocols for identifying a suspected victim or responding to disclosure from a suspected victim.