Here is your weekly roundup of human trafficking stories in the news. We hope to highlight the good work that U.S. law enforcement and citizens are doing to fight human trafficking across the country. O.U.R. was not involved unless specified.
“Spending more time online may heighten the risk of grooming, predators trying to meet children and an increase of self-generated images, as well as cyberbullying,” said Rachel Harvey, an advisor for UNICEF. Children in Southeast Asia Activists warn that increased time at home may lead to more live-streaming of abuse for profit. It is important to take time to talk with your kids about online safety during this time.
Governor Inslee in Washington signed a new law giving survivors of human trafficking greater access to assistance such as food and medical care. “This legislation removes barriers to critical life-saving services when people are in their most vulnerable moment and most need them.” said Senator Saldana.
The FBI seeks to warn parents and kids of potential danger online because of increased screen time. View the link above to read recommendations and how to report suspicious pages online.
Due to social distancing guidlines, a planned 5k for an anti-human trafficking organization transitioned to a virtual run to still garner support for the cause. Runners chose where and when to run. Runners from 12 states and 2 countries participated! Many are getting creative to spread awareness about human trafficking during the coronavirus outbreak.