How has the pandemic impacted human trafficking? We're not entirely sure yet. But because children were home from school, many unsupervised and online, we must be ready to respond to the increase in cyber-trafficking, online luring, and child pornography.
As children spend more time on computers, we, parents, must be vigilant. Many predators have taken advantage of the fact that a nation of children were at home and online.
Not everyone is who they say they are. Don't meet someone in person, share your birthday or address with anyone you just met on the internet, through a gaming platform or an app.
Shield NC collaborated with the Apex Police Department to create the Service Groups and Faith Alliance. Alliance members meet monthly to learn about vulnerabilities present in their community and to discuss actions to take to address those vulnerabilities. Minimizing vulnerabilities will create a community less susceptible to human trafficking.
Not everyone in pornography is over age 18, even on mainstream porn sites. The industry isn't well-regulated. Pornography of anyone under the age of 18 is child sex abuse material. It is a felony to produce, possess, or share explicit images of a child.
Shield NC lead an initiative with the Department of Justice and the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking to bring awareness to how the COVID-19 pandemic heightens cyber-trafficking risk.
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