Educating Your Child
Talking with your children about Human Trafficking
"We need to educate our children in order to protect them from human traffickers. Speaking to young children about these things can seem like a daunting task, so I’d like to share with you some points to help you communicate with your child.
  1. Adults and other strangers should not be asking you for help; they should be asking other adults. Adults should not be asking you for directions or to look for a "lost puppy,” or telling you that your mother or father is in trouble and that they will take you to them.
  2. People should not ask you to keep a special secret. If they do, tell your parents or teacher. Also, tell any stranger who wants to take your picture, "No,” and quickly tell your parents or teacher.
  3. No one should touch you on the parts of the body covered by your bathing suit, nor should you touch anyone else in those areas. Your body is special and private.
  4. You have the right to say "No” to someone, including adults and even relatives or friends who try to take you somewhere against your will, touch you or make you feel uncomfortable in any way.
  5. You should not be afraid to tell your parents or a trusted adult or teacher if you feel threatened, even if someone has told you not to talk. If you have been abused, know that it is not your fault and is never something you should be embarrassed of or keep hidden from your parents or guardians. Your parents love you and no matter what a stranger says, they will never stop loving you.
 Education is our greatest weapon against Human Trafficking and for safeguarding our children."*
*These tips are from FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt shared in an article, "How to Protect Your Kids From Predators,” (October 23, 2009) on MSNBC