Don’t Be a Target: Tips for Avoiding Trafficking as a Young Black Girl
Don’t be a target for human trafficking. As a young black girl, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of trafficking and to take steps to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where individuals are forced to work or engage in explicit activities against their will. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race, but young people are particularly vulnerable. Here are some tips that can help you avoid trafficking and stay safe.
“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”Deuteronomy 6:7
- Be cautious on social media
Social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, but it can also be a tool that traffickers use to target vulnerable young people. Be cautious about who you connect with online and avoid sharing personal information, such as your location, phone number, or school name.
- Trust your instincts
If something feels off or uncomfortable, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation. Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do, and don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
- Stay informed
Learn about trafficking and the tactics that traffickers use to lure young people into dangerous situations. Stay informed about local trafficking trends and know how to identify potential red flags, such as someone offering you a job that seems too good to be true or asking you to keep secrets.
- Talk to someone
If you ever feel like you’re in danger or are being targeted by a trafficker, talk to someone you trust. This could be a parent, teacher, counselor, or other adult who can help you get the support you need to stay safe.
Remember, you are valuable and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. By staying informed and taking steps to protect yourself, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of trafficking and help others do the same.