The speaker was Sr. Anne Victory, HM, MSN; Education Coordinator: The Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.
- Do you know the red-flags students may exhibit if they are victims?
- How does this affect your school achievement, school safety, attendance and other important factors?
- What community resources are available to help your school?
Right now in Ohio, more than 2,000 school-age children are potentially at risk of being forced into human trafficking through exploited labor, domestic servitude or prostitution. Children, especially those not living with their parents, are especially vulnerable. The average entry age into the commercial sex market is 12-14, although it is not unusual for the age to be younger. Traffickers may use girls to recruit other girls at schools and after-school programs, or involve school age boys in gaining and betraying the trust of potential victims. Educators have an opportunity to help identify and guide youth who display risky behaviors to receive appropriate community supports and services. (http://education.ohio.gov/) For more information from PSI to assist you in learning more about this issue please contact KarenMcKelvey@psi-solutions.org.