National Human Trafficking Prevention Month: What Parents Can Do


January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation. This month offers us an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with our families and raise awareness in our communities. It's about making sure everyone knows what to look for and how to respond, creating a united front against these harmful practices.

Here are a few tips for parents to help keep our children safe:

  • Help children understand that traffickers may use praise, flattery, or emotional support to build a strong connection, even using threats or coercion to maintain control.
  • Stress the importance of never keeping relationship secrets, reassuring your children that they can always turn to you for support and guidance.
  • Keep a vigilant eye on their online presence, instill a strong sense of self-worth, and teach them about personal boundaries.
  • Open communication is key—foster an environment where your children feel safe discussing their experiences and concerns. Being proactive not only protects against trafficking risks but also fortifies the overall strategy for preventing child sexual abuse.
  • Remain alert for abrupt changes in our child's behavior, unexplained possessions, or engagement in secretive activities, such as spending an excessive amount of time online without explanation.
  • Teach children about the importance of not talking to or accepting things from both familiar and unfamiliar individuals.
  • Work on developing a sense of trust with your children. It is essential for encouraging them to seek help from trusted adults if they ever feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Together, we can be a powerful force in preventing human trafficking and ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. Join us in spreading this important message – because every child deserves a safe and protective future. For more information on Human Trafficking, click here.

other articles and videos we love