What to do if you suspect your child may be a victim of sex trafficking in the Bay Area:
Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. Your safety as well as the victim’s safety is paramount. Instead, do the following:
We take tips very seriously and will have a private investigative team look into the situation right away.
To establish trust
Groomers peruse middle schools and high schools targeting young girls / boys who are most at risk: those with low self-esteem who are struggling with family, friends, money or schoolwork. They become best friends with the youth and stay good friends for months.
To control them
Sex traffickers make sure your daughter / son is having "fun" and feels a sense of independence. He readily supplies the child with alcohol and drugs, often getting the youth addicted so the person does not know what is happening to him / her.
To separate them from family
The groomer criticizes parents, says their rules are unfair, muses child should run away and deserves better.
To separate them from friends
The groomer introduces teens to new "friends" who are more "fun."
To change a victim's moral compass
The groomer shows them porn, convinces them it's exciting, that parents don't understand their generation, etc.
To make money off them
The trafficker physically lures the victim away from families and friends through brainwashing and coercion in order to make money selling the child for sex and to have sex with them themselves.
Note: It is illegal to file a false crime report. Doing so could result in up to six months in jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both.
A Child’s Perspective
Source: Thorn survivor insides study 2018; Polaris.
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