In critical times, those who are most vulnerable suffer much more than those of us blessed with stable families, support systems, and resources. There are also those who see this as an opportunity to profit off the exploitation of others. Last week saw a surge in visits to online pornography sites. According to the New York Times, in 2019, there were over 45 million photos and videos of children being sexually abused. This increase in market demand will escalate the recruitment of children for the unimaginable.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are millions of children out of school. Some children are locked indoors with no supervision or, at worst, an abuser. Children are being approached online by an adult grooming them for exploitation, making direct contact with them via an app, all while posing as a peer who just wants to have fun. Their parents are facing a mountain of uncertainties. Many are still working, and childcare is not easily accessible, while parents who are at home, are not aware of the increased exposure of their child to predators on online platforms.
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Deborah Richardson of the International Human Trafficking Institute joins DeRay to discuss how common human trafficking is and ways communities can solve the issue.