Millennials, Sex Trafficking, & Social Media February 20 2017

What Millennials Need to Know About Sex Trafficking to Stay Safe on Social Media
By, Cali Turner, One Purse Student Blog Contributor

I was born into a world of constant distraction.  Social media, text messages, news headlines, the internet. I have always had the privilege of having technology and endless answers at my fingertips, as have many others of my generation. Even with this ability, it is amazing how clueless so many millennials are to the dangers that this world offers.

Sex trafficking is a bit of a taboo subject. Some find it hard to talk about, while others shy away from the topic. For those of you who don’t know what it is, here is the federal definition: “Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102)”. Now, I know what you might be thinking. That could never happen to me. And you may be right, but there are literally thousands of victims in our country who believed the very same thing.

Sex sells. This is the simple truth. And people buy it- that’s just the way of our society, no matter how wrong it may be. We’re all so plugged in that we’re used to it. Traffickers use social media to reach their victims all of the time, and it goes unnoticed. In an age of distraction, it is up to us to be aware of our surroundings. Be aware, be alert, and be in control. And most importantly, if you see something, say something. (Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888)