Protect Your Teen
Join us to learn more about the issue of human trafficking and teenagers Wednesday, March 16, at the West Springfield High School (6100 Rolling Road) auditorium from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. West Springfield High School in conjunction with the Just Ask Prevention Project will host a forum that will include discussions about human trafficking risk factors, local issues and human trafficking prevention measures.
Guest Speakers include:
Detective Bill Woolf, Fairfax County Police Department, Child Exploitation Unit
Dr. Elizabeth Payne, Fairfax County Public Schools, Coordinator, Health, Physical Education, and Family Life Education
Chrissy Cunningham, MSW, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Prevention Coordination Specialist
Many people believe teen sex trafficking only happens to runaways or in other more urban settings. But, it is on the rise across Northern Virginia and teens are now being targeted in public venues; bus stops, walking down the street, parties, shopping malls, through social media outlets, and more. Sex traffickers do not discriminate; they recruit victims across ethnic, economic and gender strata. Most teens are unaware they are being drawn in and often don’t recognize the signs of manipulation until it is too late. Traffickers are not just gang members or “criminals”; they may be business professionals, family members, students and teens they know. The trafficker may not be a stranger; rather it may be a friend or acquaintance from the classroom.
Please email questions about the March 16 Just Ask Prevention event to: firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information on the Just Ask Prevention human trafficking campaign, resources and facts, visit justaskprevention.org
Categories: Human Trafficking