Zian Mahfuz – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Thursday, Jan. 24 LRHS’s UNICEF club and Selah Freedom came together to host an anti sex-trafficking seminar after school.
The main speaker was Selah Freedom’s Kyra Montague. She discussed the dangers of sex, lies, and media, presenting a PowerPoint on the issue on how teens can be trapped through social media.
“Sex trafficking is becoming one of the fastest growing and largest criminal enterprises,” said Montague.
The discussion was aimed toward high schoolers because of their daily use of social media. Montague explained there are recruiters lurking on the web to find their next victim.
One can identify a recruiter by seeing posts showing off expensive clothing and money. They brag about the money they make, hoping their followers will message asking about how they can be like them. This is when they convince the person of the luxuries that sex can bring.
Montague said children should be careful who they follow and talk to on social media. By letting people see their profiles they are vulnerable to online predators. Teens should avoid making their profiles public and to make sure their geolocation is off.
Anyone under the age of 18 should steer clear from sending provocative photos to anyone since the consequences can include criminal prosecution.
“Sextortion” is common for within teenage girls because they can be blackmailed into sending nude photos.
Montague urges anyone who suspects human trafficking to call the national human trafficking resource center at 1(888)-373-7888.
To find more information on how to prevent sex trafficking, students can visit their website.