In the news every day, attention is being drawn to the issue of sex trafficking. A couple of weeks ago, a colleague shared a story with me that was very upsetting. She shared that while visiting an Atlanta restaurant she witnessed what she felt was a young boy being sold for sex to an older man. She called the police and shared what she witnessed and described the alleged perpetrators. She was told by the restaurant to leave because she was drawing attention to herself once the older man approached her and starting asking questions. She felt the restaurant was a meeting place for sex trafficking exchanges and they were totally aware of what was happening. What a sad commentary for our nation when children are being traded for sex.
I continue to preach that the protection of children is the responsibility of adults. How does a young boy or girl find themselves in a position where they are being sold for sex?
As a parent, guardian, caregiver or community member, we must talk openly with children about their bodies and healthy boundaries. Be the “go to person” when they have questions or if a situation arises. Let your child know that no matter what happens, they can share with you without fear of being blamed and that you will protect them. If they feel that they cannot talk to you, they should find another trusted adult to talk to.
Here are a few strategies to get the conversation started about body safety and boundaries:
Source: Darkness to Light
Call to Action:
Here are a few suggestions from Prevent Child Abuse Georgia to help support parents, guardians and other caregivers and create great childhoods for children in your community while doing what you love:
In His service,
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