Parents Ask: How Do We Keep Our Kids Safe?
- First, how do I know that my child is in danger? What are the signs I look for?
Some indicators that a child is in contact with are trafficker are:
- Change in behavior
- Change in friends
- Withdrawn from family and friends
- Has new friends that you have not met
- Change in appearance
- Has expensive gifts from unknown sources
- Allows older adults to show interest in them in person or online
- Refuses to allow you to monitor their phone
- Hides apps from you
- Uses multiple cells phones
- Uses drugs and/or alcohol
- Who are the people who want to harm my children? How do I keep my kids safe?
The best form of online protection from predators is YOU – the parent. You have the right and duty to check your kids’ devices. Explain to them that you are there to protect them from the dangers of those who are looking to exploit them. Make a plan with your child for when, not if, someone approaches them online or in-person with questionable behavior, sexual photos, or sexual content. Read David’s story on the home page to see how to develop a code word. https://theredcord.org/
Be aware that sometimes the predators are family members. If a child feels uncomfortable around a certain family member, take note of it and do not force your child to spend time with them.
Traffickers always look for a vulnerability to exploit. All kids are vulnerable because they are kids. The internet is used to groom children into thinking that the trafficker/predator is their saving grace to life’s problems. It can be a slow grooming process, or it can take only days. The trafficker will build trust with the child and ask them to keep the relationship a secret so they will not get in trouble. Nude pictures will almost always be asked for and the child will receive nude pictures as well. Traffickers/predators feel safe behind a screen. They feel that they can hide better vs. grooming in public. However, at some point, they will ask to meet with your child.
- I have a hard time talking with my kids about these sensitive issues. What do I do?
Download the Safety Tips Sheets:
- Safety Tips for Teens and Parents of Teens: http://theredcord.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/10Safetytips-parents.pdf
- Safety Tips for Children: http://theredcord.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/10Safetytips.pdf
Use those to connect with your child. But if you are still not comfortable discussing trafficking, pornography, etc. with your child, then contact us. We will be happy to talk with your child and family!
May 2022 : Why Should You Run Toward Pain?
She is 12 years old and looking for someone to trust. That’s the normal age and desire for a girl entering into prostitution. Most likely lured through a trafficker.
This same girl could be in a foster home looking for someone to trust. She could be groomed and lured and become the victim of a trafficker, or she could find someone to trust in her foster home, her church, or perhaps your family.
According to the Department of Justice, most often, victims fall prey to traffickers who lure them in with an offer of attention, food, clothes, a safe place to sleep, friendship, and love. Once the trafficker feels they have successfully made the victim dependent on them, they will manipulate or directly force the victim into prostitution. They will often use violence to retain control. With the rapid growth of digital technology, traffickers now heavily rely on social media to recruit and start the grooming process. https://www.speakupnow.org/foster-care-and-human-trafficking/
What can YOU do to change the course of a child’s life? Involve your church.
- Make sure your church members are educated about human trafficking indicators and know how to identify and report. (Contact us for training. Use the warning signs checklist below to determine if a child is being trafficked.)
- 2. Help your church be people who run toward pain, not away from it, because they know Christ’s presence is experienced in these places of darkness.
- Host discussions in your church about how everyone can help support foster families.
Here are specific ways to help foster families:
- Volunteer to be a babysitter. In some states, you don’t have to be a licensed foster parent to babysit a foster child. Check with your county offices.
- Support a foster family. Be friends with them, build relationships, make them a meal, and ask them how you can help.
- Host an event for foster families so they can connect with one another and receive encouragement.
- Invite your county’s foster care coordinator to come to speak to a group of interested individuals at your church.
- If you are a foster parent, invite The Red Cord to come to speak at your foster parent support meetings. We know that many foster care parents need resources who are caring for children who have been trafficked or sexually exploited.
*WARNING SIGNS CHECKLIST – Is this child a victim of trafficking?
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888 Or use the textline: Text “BeFree” (233733)
__ 1. Does the child appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship? This is a big vulnerability for foster care children who are being moved frequently from home to home.
__ 2. Has a child stopped attending school? Foster care children change schools frequently.
__ 3. Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
__ 4. Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
__ 5. Is the child disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
__ 6. Does the child have bruises in various stages of healing?
__ 7. Is the child fearful, timid, or submissive especially around specific people? Traffickers can be family members.
__ 8. Does the child show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
__ 9. Is the child often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to? This goes beyond “adult supervision, or parenting care.”
__ 10. Does the child appear to be coached on what to say? Ask questions in different ways to see if you get the same answer.
__ 11. Is the child living in unsuitable conditions?
__ 12. Does the child lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation? This is a consistent issue with foster care children who are re-familied often.
Scared or Safe?
Ahsha Morin, President, The Red Cord
Being aware of the danger of sexual assault is, unfortunately, an issue that every woman has to be concerned with. To not live in fear, arm yourself with knowledge and be empowered.
Knowledge. What do traffickers look for in a victim?
Traffickers look for people who are vulnerable and therefore easier to exploit. Some of the vulnerabilities are war, civil unrest, political conflict, violence, lawlessness, and natural disasters. Traffickers specifically target poor and marginalized communities to offer vulnerable individuals false opportunities to improve their circumstances. Such people are more likely to take greater risks to provide for themselves and their families. Indigenous populations in many countries are often marginalized, which may result in their vulnerability to recruitment by traffickers.
Traffickers use substance dependency and addiction to keep control of the trafficked person. Some traffickers purposely supply drugs to vulnerable people to break down their resistance and coerce them into forced labor or sex. As a trafficked person becomes dependent on a particular substance, the trafficker uses that vulnerability to keep them in the cycle of abuse. People with mental health issues face a variety of challenges including isolation, diminished capacity to consent or offer informed consent, and limited ability to assess risk and detect ill-intentions.
Traffickers are skilled in detecting these vulnerabilities and manipulating them to their advantage. (Learn more: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/human-trafficking/human-trafficking-training/module-1/vulnerabilities
Taking a women’s general self-defense class at least once a year is a great way to learn the basics of how to respond if you were attacked. But also, being situationally aware of your surroundings at all times is high on the list. Be aware of locations and situations which would make you appear vulnerable to crime, such as alleys and dark parking lots.
Here are some others:
- Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you—especially if you are alone or it is dark.
- Whenever possible, travel with a friend.
- Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
- Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys where someone could hide.
- Walk confidently at a steady pace.
- Make eye contact with people when walking.
- Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street—continue walking.
- If you carry a purse, carry it securely between your arm and your body. Although a purse snatcher’s intent is to steal the purse, your safety may depend on not clinging to it.
- Do not use or wear anything that will impede your vision or hearing (i.e. iPods).
- Have your car keys in your hand so you don’t have to linger before entering your car.
- Check the interior of your vehicle for intruders before entering your car.
- If you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or a police or sheriff’s station.
We partner with Lawton Police Department on education and awareness, as well as support victims/survivors that have been identified by LPD. We also partner with Dreadnought where the self-defense class is offered each year. It is a place where women can learn self-defense in a safe place.
A Fight for the Future
When I think of a woman with great strength and stubbornness, I think of my mother who has had the most influence on me. Many women I have come in contact with have given me strength and insight of what it means to be a wife, daughter, friend, abolitionist, lover, fighter, and prayer warrior. I think of women who have supported me through very dark and trying times in life and those that I have been blessed to support during their dark times. We all influence each other with grace and patience, support, and truth, understanding and prayer. We all fight battles. How can we be a positive influence for each other to build each other up? It is a fight we must continue for our future daughters. Not just for freedom from bondage, but freedom to be ourselves!
We need to continue this legacy of freedom by educating our daughters about the tactics of human trafficking and how society views women. We must teach them the power they hold to make a change for the future generations for complete freedom. We need freedom from an oversexualized culture that targets our young girls to exploit their own bodies for acceptance and praise.
We need strong female adult role models that can be open and honest with future female generations about the positive and negative experiences they have encountered about sex and relationships. Their leadership will allow younger girls to ask questions and understand what previous generations have had to encounter. This will fan the flame and fight for freedom and help instill resilience to carry on the fight!
Ashley, The Red Cord, Vice President
Why am I so passionate about the slavery issue today?
Gratitude. It is the driving force behind my abolitionism. When I consider the anti-slavery movement of old, I am struck by the reality that I am a product of its work. Without such people as Benjamin Lay, William Wilberforce, Frederik Douglas, etc., I would not be here today. Because they had the moral courage and unwavering conviction to speak up for those enslaved, I can exist and walk freely throughout my day-to-day life without the fear of slavery.
Today, slavery is not solely based on race, ethnicity, or social class. All traffickers are looking for now are bodies they can sell. In the sex trafficking world, any type of person will fit some “genre” of demand or another. One factor in this is the rise in online pornography. For the first time in history, unrealistic novelty in sex has been mainstreamed to millions of people on a daily basis. There will never be enough supply to satisfy the growing number of porn and sex addicts being milled out of the pornography world today.
Slavery has many structures that support it including oversexualized media, new social norms promoted on social media platforms, hypersexualized children, etc. Supporting the modern-day slave trade does not always entail physically buying a person. Just as people in history supported slave structures by buying their products, we too are buying the products of slavers today. Pornography, sexually deviant lifestyles, etc. These are all pillars of the modern sex slave market.
I encourage you to get informed. Use the resources mentioned on our website. Also visit: https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/human-trafficking/ and The Demand Project https://www.thedemandproject.org/ based in Tulsa.
I am very grateful that those abolitionists in the past took on such a massive cause, even though, in some cases, it did not even involve them or their families. In turn, I am inspired daily to use my privilege – my blessing of freedom – to extend the same generosity that was shown to me. I want to help more “Ashleys” come into this world, and that is something that keeps my passion burning. I invite you to join me.
What will you do new this year?
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I don’t. I tend to make smaller short-term goals throughout the year that still get me to larger goals. I do not do them because they tend to be goals that are not realistically sustainable for the long haul. Smaller short-term goals are easier to complete and help me feel like I am making accomplishments. We do set annual goals for The Red Cord at our annual board retreat that we hold in September.
I encourage you to make goals to be involved in anti-trafficking this year. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Attend a human trafficking educational class held by The Red Cord. We list those each month in our monthly newsletter http://theredcord.org/newsletter/ and on our website http://theredcord.org/upcoming/
- 2. Schedule a human trafficking educational class for your workplace, church, school, employment. Information is available on our homepage.
- Give to The Red Cord monthly to help us continue to bring quality education around Oklahoma. Consider becoming a monthly donor to provide help, resources, and training throughout 2022.
- Provide donations to The Red Cord for survivor support supplies.
- Pray daily! We have a prayer calendar each month you can use! http://theredcord.org/prayer/
Everyone needs to be involved in the work of anti-trafficking because it is happening everywhere. There is not a town or city big or small where human trafficking is not happening. But the bigger issue is that this crime targets our most vulnerable–our kids—who are our future. When a person is trafficked, it will forever change them. The trauma that is endured can be overcome but will have lasting effects that can impact our society as a whole. More help to attain mental, physical, and spiritual health is needed for survivors to heal.
Lead your family, church, or community groups to help end human trafficking locally and globally in 2022. What can one person do to make a difference with such a BIG issue? You can:
- Talk with local and state lawmakers about changing laws regarding sex buyers, child pornography use, sexual exploitation, and prostitution.
- Get educated about human trafficking and educate those around you.
- Talk with your kids about grooming tactics, exposure to pornography, sexting, etc.
- Look at where you are buying goods and services. Are the items you buy being made by slaves around the world? Here is a good website to help– https://respect.international/products-of-slavery/
- Display awareness posters in your place of employment. We have them available upon request.
- SPEAK ABOUT IT! Bring light to the dark topic.
All of us at The Red Cord wish you a happy, joyful, and blessed New Year!
What gifts do you treasure the most? I am most grateful for gifts that are intangible like the gifts of salvation from Jesus Christ; the life of my children; my marriage; and friendships. I tend to be a sentimental person so any gift that has or adds meaning to my life is a treasure.
I like to give gifts that the person may never buy for themselves or a service that they may want but not have extra funds to purchase. For those in my life that seem to have everything, I have purchased animals from World Vision, Compassion International, or Heifer International. We have always done this for our kids each year to show them the needs around the world and how to help others.
I suggest that you give yourself and others the gift of understanding the issues related to human trafficking.
Click our Get Help tab, http://theredcord.org/get-help-hotlines/ to view a list of resources I recommend that you read or give to others. We have also provided for you on the Get Help tab a list of gifts that you can give (fair trade, etc.) that are responsible and thoughtful gifts for people to purchase for Christmas this year.
We are grateful this year for people and organizations that have helped The Red Cord in these ways:
- The opportunity to speak at their locations and educate about human trafficking, the harms of pornography, and parenting seminars. The Red Cord board, trainers, and volunteers give of their time and talent to educate across the state.
- We have had local businesses gift us their location, time, and business platform to bring awareness to their customers. We have been given access to display Human Trafficking 101 awareness posters in their bathrooms and leave our information cards for community members to take.
- We have many prayer warriors that pray behind the scene when we encounter a victim or need prayer for the team.
- Lawton/Ft. Sill has always been very responsive and giving when we have requested their help to support survivors.
We have amazing supporters and followers like you that keep us going when it gets tough! Thank you for your gifts you have offered in so many ways. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
This is why PORN is The Gateway Drug
Pornography is the gateway drug to “prostitution/human trafficking. Researchers conducted a study that interviewed 900 women across nine countries. (https://everaccountable.com/blog/the-link-between-pornography-and-human-trafficking/ ) It conclude that there is a direct correlation to the epidemic of pornography and its impact on prostitution. Some of the findings showed:
- Over half of the sample group were used to make pornography films.
- 80% of them that were freed from human trafficking were forced to re-enact specific acts of pornography by the people who enslaved them.
- The majority of them were forced to watch porn to learn how to “perform” the required sexual acts. It was used as a training ground for those not familiar or too young to understand the sex acts.
- Human traffickers can “double dip” on making money off victims. They can charge for the selling of physical sex, and then for the “virtual” or pornography of the victim.
Pornography is a big money maker — $35.17 billion in 2019. It is expected to grow 15.12% from here forward. The COVID lock down of 2020 did not help this situation. https://www.absolutemarketsinsights.com/reports/Online-Porn-Market-2019-2027-551.
Society implies that it is acceptable to engage in pornography. Yet, pornography doesn’t represent “real sex.” Research has found that pornography often depicts a power imbalance – control, degradation, and violence is usually directed at women by men. Mainstream pornography doesn’t depict emotional intimacy. People have a disconnect from human dignity during porn watching. When someone watches porn it tells the producer (Pornhub, etc) to keep making more. Keep violating, raping, exploiting people for the viewer’s pleasure.
In reality, porn viewers do not know what is happening behind the screen. The majority of the those in porn are human trafficking victims, not actors. Here is the connection — By watching and increasing the demand for more porn to be made, it is not much different than purchasing a real human. The viewer could still be considered a “John.” *
What do we do about it? TALK and get some help.
In the church: Pastors — do not fear talking about it. The average age of a child being exposed to pornography right now is age 8 years old. It is not a matter of “if” but “when” they see it. Discuss the topic it in a biblical way. The reality is, 1 in 4 youth pastors are addicted to porn and 1 in 5 pastors are addicted as well. Get some help immediately. It’s your job to set a godly example.
In the home: Parents — Discuss sex education at home, including pornography. Here are some resources for you: http://theredcord.org/get-help-hotlines/ The Red Cord offers Parenting Seminars and will talk with any child about this issue when a parent requests it. Parents also need to discuss “sexting”* with their kids before they even get a phone. Sexting is rampant in the public schools. By participating, kids are producing and distributing child pornography which is a federal crime. Kids and their parents could be at risk for law enforcement involvement. Sexting can also lead into “sextortion”* and parents need to know that sextortion can have devastating effects on young victims from all walks of life, and it is easy to become a victim.
There are parents that watch porn regularly or even addicted (1 in 5 women, and 1 in 4 men). Please seek help to stop watching now. http://theredcord.org/get-help-hotlines/
Not everyone who watches porn will purchase a human for sexual pleasure. Yet, every person arrested or interviewed for purchasing sex or arrested for child porn, admit that they are addicted to a level they never thought possible. No one just wakes up one day and decides to purchase an adult or child for sex….. it’s a slow fade.
*Understand the terms here — http://theredcord.org/get-help-hotlines/
Call it what it is – Pure Evil: Let’s bring light to block the darkness
Spiritual warfare and human trafficking. Two heavy topics that most people avoid.
But as the seasons change and the days grow dark quicker, and our culture thinks about ghosts and goblins, our attention turns to the weighty issue of spiritual warfare. Why do we want to address this issue?
The truth is, we are fighting a spiritual battle. We aren’t just fighting against the people who cause human trafficking. It is an evil that lurks unseen in the darkness. Satan would like nothing more than for us to be distracted with “sensationalism” of human trafficking. We can watch movies like “Taken” or get caught up in misguided social media posts that blind us to the true nature of this insidious crime.
The evil one even uses the disguise of religion to lure people into trafficking. Some survivors have grown up in cults or “cult like” situations and have been groomed as small children. They believe that what they are being forced to do is out of “obedience” for their faith. Using faith as a means for force, fraud, and coercion to exploit someone is one of the biggest human and spiritual atrocities The Red Cord, and all human trafficking organizations, are currently fighting against. We need to fully understand the connection to be able to “see it” to “fight it”. The mind cannot fight what the eye cannot, or is not willing, to see. It is why The Red Cord dedicates a month to discussing both hard topics –human trafficking and spiritual warfare. It is imperative that we connect the two.
Being against human trafficking is a black and white issue. You are either “for it” or “against it. You either hate it, or participate in the darkness. Once people are educated, they must make a choice what side they are on. Understand that fighting this is as simple as to start praying about it. Start bringing light to block the darkness!
We prepare with the best gift ever given and that is the blood of Jesus! He has given us the power to fight darkness. We prepare by being educated about the true nature of human trafficking and how traffickers work. We use scripture to pray our way through this battle and to call out the evil that it is! Join us in prayer by receiving text messages for specific prayer. Learn more here: Coming Soon
Join us this month as we push back the darkness at our “Piercing the Darkness” Awareness Walk. Learn more and register here: https://secure.processdonation.org/theredcord/events.aspx?eventRefID=1HJ27E7DFF538AH
Ahsha, The Red Cord President
When most people think of a trafficker, they envision the “Gorilla Pimp.” This is someone who keeps their girls locked in basements with chains. In reality (though some have been kept in chains in basements) the majority of trafficking victims walk around “free” and “hidden in plain sight.” That is why The Red Cord exists…. to bring light and clarity to the true nature of human trafficking. In reality, a pimp/trafficker can look like anyone. Male or female, from all walks of life, social, economic, and education status. The one thing that trafficking does not have is discrimination. The world of trafficking does not discriminate regarding gender, socioeconomic status, color of your hair or skin, or even what side of town you live on or if you attend church.
- Work alone or be part of extensive criminal networks, with the common thread of exploiting people for profit.
- Be foreign nationals or S. citizens, males and females, family members, intimate partners, acquaintances, and strangers.
- Share the same national, ethnic, or cultural background with their victims which allows the trafficker to better understand and exploit the vulnerabilities of their victims.
- Come out of nowhere, with no ties to others in your community.
- Be jealous, controlling, violent.
- Be significantly older than the intended victim and those already in their grasp.
- Make promises that are too good to be true.
- Encourages victims to achieve their goals by engaging in illegal activities.
- Buys expensive
- Be vague about their profession.
- Be pushy or demanding about sex.
- Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior.
- Talks openly about financial matters. Makes their victim feel responsible for their financial instability.
Download and print this free graphic to understand more about what human trafficking is and who human traffickers are:
August BLOG: Truth or Lie?
- Good church kids are not at risk for trafficking. They will know better.
Ahsha, Red Cord President says, “Every child is 100% susceptible to being groomed online. ALL children are vulnerable. Parents must educate themselves as well as their children as early as the age of five.”
- Children are at risk throughout the year.
But, at the beginning of school every year, there are more social media posts from parents, grandparents, and teachers that give specific information about the children. Also, online learning during school hours makes children more susceptible to predators. Ahsha says, “Traffickers are a step ahead of where kids hang out, where they are learning online and how they create friendships through specific apps.”
- Only older students need to hear about human trafficking safety.
There are age-appropriate ways to discuss the topic with children of all ages:
- K – 5th. Explain the difference between “good touch, bad touch.” Empower them to speak up when they see something that makes them uncomfortable. Teach them the power to learn ‘NO.” Use the resource “Good Pictures, Bad Pictures.”
- 6th-8th. Give human trafficking awareness and education. Explain the dangers of porn addiction, and how to respond to requests for nude photos. Show them how to report suspected human trafficking.
- 9th-12th. In addition to guidelines given for 6th-8th, make sure high school students know ways traffickers will attempt to groom them in college. Encourage students to be a voice for human trafficking awareness in their schools, churches, and communities.
Watch the interview with The Red Cord and Free the Slaves:
Start a Free the Slaves student chapter; download free resources; follow on social media; plan a fundraising event.
Learn more here: Students Ending Slavery
- College. Help them understand the dangers of how traffickers target them through the vulnerability of college debt. Also, advise them of the dangers of traffickers in strip clubs. Inform them about survival prostitution, weekend prostitution, and escort services.
QUESTIONS about any of these suggestions? Contact the Red Cord and make plans to attend a training.
We know it can be overwhelming to raise safe children with so many threats from so many sources. Please click on The Red Cord Safety Survival Kit link at the Get Help tab on our website http://theredcord.org/get-help-hotlines/. We’ve gathered reliable links and resources to equip you on your journey to keep your children safe.
EVENTS and Training Opportunities
ALL Month – Supplies Needed for The Demand Project
We are accepting clothing, hair care items, and feminine hygiene products for sex trafficking survivors. These girls are between the ages of 11 and 17 years old, and need basic “girl things” as they begin their road to healing. Items needed: Modest, one-piece bathing suits (all sizes); Bras, sports, t-shirt bras (all sizes); Underwear (all sizes); Haircare products for specific hair types (i.e. African American hair, heat damaged hair, etc.) Drop off items at Buffalo Grove Coffee Co. Lawton Oklahoma; August 29th, 2021, 12-5 PM. Contact us for more info: Email us at email@example.com or call (405)294-2727
Unlock Freedom Youth Training, Sunday, August 22nd, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 910 NW 38th St, Lawton, OK.
FREE Community Training, Wednesday, August 25th, 6:00 p.m., First Baptist Duncan, 901 Ash Ave, Duncan, OK.
Parenting seminar – more information coming SOON!
Safety Survival Kit
- Top 10 safety list for children Top10
- “Good Pictures, Bad Pictures.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KQFWR6J/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
- Top 10 safety list for teens and parents
Free the Slaves/Students https://www.freetheslaves.net/take-action/students-ending-slavery/
- https://protectyoungeyes.com/apps/ — Social Media, Gaming, Photo, and Video Apps Explained- a great resource to understand the good and bad of every app out there!
U.S. Government Resources
- Blue Campaign: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign — a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking
- TIP report 2021 – https://www.state.gov/reports/2021-trafficking-in-persons-report — U.S. State Department annual global Trafficking In Persons report
July: This is what slavery looks like here
Do you know who is free and who is not? Media and movies have given the false image of someone being tied up with chains or ropes to represent human trafficking. The truth is, a slavery victim is walking though Walmart right next to you hidden in plain sight. He or she goes to the same school your kids do, to the same church, to the same emergency room. They appear to be free, but they are really being controlled and watched every second of the day. Even when a victim is rescued and is doing the hard work of recovery, he or she may still suffer the bondage from constant nightmares, unrelenting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and long-lasting trauma. True freedom from trafficking is possible but it comes from much support and therapy. Mental, physical, spiritual , and emotional therapy is required to gain a life full of joy and happiness again
Slavery looks like any skin color, any gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, and education level. Slavery in southwest Oklahoma looks like a mother who can’t pay rent and sells her daughter to the landlord in exchange for the overdue payment. Slavery here looks like a senior in high school selling his freshman girlfriend to his buddies for sex at a party when he is too intoxicated to fight. Slavery in your neighborhood looks like a business owner who has a house cleaning business, extorts a family from Mexico and holds them in debt bondage. They must work until their debt is paid, but the debt keeps adding up. You will find slavery in many nail salons and massage parlors.
The Red Cord encourages you to be informed and learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and be equipped to report the situation to authorities. You can learn how to do that in our training seminars.
June Blog: What happened to this bill?
Education about human trafficking is the best form of safety and prevention. Knowing the warning signs of grooming, force, fraud, coercion, and the tactics of traffickers is key to staying safe. Educating parents and employers about the signs of human trafficking and online safety need to be part of everyone’s yearly protocol update in the home and workplace.
Oklahoma was on track to allow nonprofits, like The Red Cord, to provide anti-trafficking awareness and prevention training in the public schools for all middle school and high school students which includes our most vulnerable population – 12-16-year-olds. But somewhere along the way, the final bill only included college-age students. We are in process of finding out what happened to this bill and why younger students were not included in this final approved legislation.
You can read the current anti-trafficking bill here: https://www.okhouse.gov/Media/ShowStory.aspx?MediaNewsID=8152
We urge you to contact your state legislators to revisit this bill to include children 12 years old through college age as was originally intended.
The Red Cord is still on a mission to provide this invaluable information to school systems. Letters of information and an invitation to enlist The Red Cord to present this information in schools will be sent out to all school districts in Southwest Oklahoma beginning first with the Lawton School District.
We urge school leaders to take advantage of this opportunity to bring vital awareness and prevention training to students. It is ultimately the responsibility of parents to keep their children safe. However, we feel like this is an opportunity for the community and families to work together to keep our children safe.
We urge school leaders to take advantage of this opportunity to bring vital awareness and prevention training to students. It is ultimately the responsibility of parents to keep their children safe. However, we feel like this is an opportunity for the community and families to work together to keep our children safe.
Will you join us on our mission?
Learn more about our specific training opportunities here: http://theredcord.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Human-Trafficking-Trainings-13290.pdf
We would love to see you at our next free scheduled training event, Thursday, June 17, 5:30 p.m. Buffalo Grove Coffee Company, 605 SW E Ave, Lawton. Contact us for more information:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theredcord
- Phone: 405-294-2727