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Danger Warning! Social Media and Sex Trafficking Recruitment
February 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) invite you to participate in BBCAHT’s Monthly 3rd Friday Community Training Program
Program: Danger Warning! Social Media and Sex Trafficking Recruitment
Date: February 19, 2021
This free, certificate webinar is one in a series that BBCAHT and STAC is organizing during this time of social distancing and to keep up our Third Friday training schedule. We are happy to extend this invitation to friends and colleagues throughout the Big Bend and beyond – please join us! Since the onset of the pandemic especially, social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children and youth for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send a friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships. These conversations may start off friendly and innocent, but then the traffickers will begin to use manipulation to charm their potential victims. The online friendship quickly evolves to a romantic relationship, and this is where the sextortion techniques are used to lure their victims into human trafficking. During this session, attendees will learn to recognize signs of social media recruitment, and how traffickers lure their victims on the internet. Attendees will learn about the dangers of popular social media dating sites and apps. This session will also discuss popular emojis and their hidden meaning used to communicate sexual gestures when texting or communicating on internet sites and social media apps.
Presenter: Marina Anderson, Florida Department of Children and Families Regional Human Trafficking
Coordinator for Northeast and Northwest Regions.
Sponsors: STAC in affiliation with Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the International
Contact: STAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-597-2080