1 – I CHECK FIRST with my parents, guardians, or other trusted adults before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, or getting into a car.
2 – I TAKE A FRIEND with me when going places or playing outside.
3 – I TELL people “NO” if they try to touch me or hurt me. It’s OK
for me to stand up for myself.
4 – I TELL my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared,
Sometimes there are people who trick or hurt others. No one has the right to do that to you. So use these rules, and remember you are STRONG, are SMART, and have the right to be SAFE.
TAKE A FRIEND
TELL PEOPLE “NO” IF THEY TRY TO TOUCH YOU OR HURT YOU
TELL AN ADULT YOU TRUST IF ANYTHING HAPPENS
KidSmartz is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors. This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect kids by teaching and practicing the 4 Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more.
“This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will,” says NHTRC.
One may think that sex trafficking only happens in under-developed neighborhoods, or only in other countries. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller reiterates that is simply not true, as it happens in any neighborhood, and from any computer or phone.
In Marion County alone, there have been 20 sex traffickers prosecuted and 25 victims rescued just in the past six months.
Zoeller, an advocate for education and the ceasing of sex trafficking in the Hoosier state, says many victims may not even see themselves as victims. They may experience a phenomenon close to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ or not know any other life than the toxic one they’re exposed to.
The AG says the victims are not to blame, but the main problem is the business world the traffickers are feeding into.
“This is a growing problem, and one we need to recognize is real. Many people don’t even believe this exists,” says Zoeller. “I’ve called for the fact that people should be arrested and put in jail, the same way we address drunk driving. You may lose your job, or at least the respect of your friends and community. So if we start raising the risk factor, I think we can really take a dent out of the demand that’s out there today.”
Northwest Ohio is also no stranger to human trafficking cases either, as Toledo was once rated fourth in the nation for youth-sex trade due to a high number of FBI busts. Some local coalition members say the busts are actually a good thing.
According to the NHTRC, there have been 289 human trafficking cases reported just this year. 233 of those cases are sex trafficking.
Even higher is the number of phone calls made to report a potential case: 1066.
Jennifer Wedge, a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, says high numbers is not a bad thing, but quite the opposite.
“If there’s a population center with a lot of identified human trafficking victims, it means something in that area is working,” says Wedge. “They’re getting them identified and getting them help. It does happen in every single zip code in our country and in every country around the world.”
Many victims are believed to be missing children.
That’s why Tim Wedge, a Forensics Science professor at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio (and Jennifer’s husband) wanted to step in and help.
Wedge helped create FAGIN, Facial Analysis to Gain Information Now, a basic crude prototype that he and his students engineered.
FAGIN is designed to take missing person reports with pictures of missing children, run it through the facial analysis software by comparing them to pictures in ads for people being sold for sex online, and produce a report whenever there’s a match.
It even matches old pictures of the children, from the time when they went missing, to an aged picture years later when they’re being sold.
Wedge says FAGIN has the possibility of rescuing a shocking amount of victims.
“If we can take this crude prototype and turn it into a production system, we potentially can rescue every single one [victim] that’s being advertised online. That possibility exists. That [number of victims saved] is very likely going to be in the thousands,” Wedge says.
Wedge has showed the prototype to some law enforcement agencies to show how it works and how it can be made into a full production system.
He believes for that to happen, FAGIN needs the resources of law enforcement officers to officially use it for missing children like from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database, where 800,000 children are reported missing each year. One in five of them are sex trafficking victims.
Zoeller says knowing the signs of trafficking is prominent in eliminating the epidemic. Be on the lookout for young girls with an older man and it seems out-of-place. There might be some bruising or cuts on the victims, they might seem very controlled, looking down and staying quiet, and they might not have identification on them.
Zoeller says these recognizing these red flags and bringing it to someone’s attention could help get someone’s life back.
To report a potential human trafficking case anonymously, call the NHTRC at 1 (888) 373-7888 or send a text to 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”). Both are available 24/7.
An Ohio daycare worker has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting children.
Heather Koon, who worked at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria, was charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly assaulting children as young as 1-year-old in the fall of 2013.
Officials said she even videotaped the molestations.
Koon’s fiancé, James Osbourne – a registered sex offender — was also charged in the case.
The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Koon raped four children at ABC Kidz, while she also took obscene photos of children at ABC Kidz and Country Day School in Amherst, where she took a job after leaving the daycare in Elyria.
Prosecutors said Osbourne provoked Koon’s actions. It wasn’t immediately clear how officials found out about the incidents.
Victims of Child Predators unimportant in NY and Washington
President Obama on Friday designated the first national monument to the gay rights movement, commemorating the Stonewall uprising in New York City nearly five decades ago.
May 12, 2016 “The small triangular Christopher Park across the street from the bar has been transferred to the federal government as the result of a City Council resolution sponsored by Chelsea Democrat Corey Johnson, support from the de Blasio administration, and legislation quietly and unanimously passed in Albany through the leadership of Assembly member Deborah Glick and Senator Brad Hoylman, both Democrats who represent the area, and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month”.
Apparently NY Law Makers were too busy to worry about the SOL on Child Sexual Abuse HB passing. The ANTI-CHILD AGENDA of so many like-minded Law Makers and the current administration has become all too obvious, when non-issues that should remain behind closed doors are on every media outlet daily.
THERE IS AN HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA
Quoting from the CDC: “EPIDEMIC”
High rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in youth 13 to 24-years-of-age, while far over 50% unreported.
Inadequate Sex Education. The status of sexual health education varies substantially throughout the United States and is insufficient in many areas according to CDC’s 2014 School Health Profiles. In most states, fewer than half of high schools teach all 16 critical topics that CDC recommends for inclusion in curriculums.
This year alone, 10,000,000 young people 13 to 24-years-of-age will contract one (1) or more STI or STD in Our Country.
Why then have Our Children been overlooked by Our Law Makers and this administration????
What is harder to understand is how President Obama’s displaced immigrants were allowed considering how truly HIGH-RISK they are.
Terrorism aside, all come from nations with HIV/AIDS epidemics, tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, and countless other diseases.
Why then have these HIGH-RISK immigrants been allowed to enter Our Country UNTESTED????
Incidentally, The Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History Was Not in Orlando.
I think the story of what I have been trying to tell everyone that would listen, has gotten much worst.
YES, THIS WAS CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT, I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS.
Yet while I was researching this terrible crime, unlike almost all of everyone out there, I was already sick to my stomach, and near tears worried this small Child had been infected with something deadly.
I was physically tired and sick when I saw the word TABOO written on the sheet of statistics, this was the IRAQ Sheet, and all I could do is stare. There was no need to look at the KENYA Sheet, they were mostly muslims also.
SO, the crying fiddler not only didn’t give a crap if there was an HIV/AIDS pandemic already here, with child predators giving HIV/AIDS to Our Children also, he brought in untested people from areas that are very high percentage chance of HIV/AIDS.
But what everyone here doesn’t know is it is TABOO to talk about, yet them 3 muslim perverts that urinated on that little 5-year-old Child very well infected her with HIV/AIDS, Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, Ebola, or BLACK LEG.