Modern Slavery

When teen dating violence intersect with human trafficking

Teen dating violence numbers are rapidly increasing in the United States. I have a concern during this crisis the numbers will increase .  One-third  of teens will experience teen violence (physical, sexual, and emotional abuse from his or her dating partner. Sometimes the teen abuser in the relationship controls the victim by using his or her power to obtain sex / money. The same psychological game is played in human trafficking. These familiar scenarios / comfort zone for the teen seems as if its a regular relationship. There are predator’s seeking for vulnerable individuals with these expectations of a relationship. The goal is to have full control of the individual and obtain sex on a much larger scale and more exploitative scale.

  SO the teen who have experienced abuse in relationships are more susceptible to be trafficked in the future. Stats has proven future exploitation more likely when an individual has already experienced violence in dating . Traffickers knows it is easy to control their predisposition to normalize the abuse.  My goal is to bring awareness , identify the abuse and patterns, I need to  make this is normal conversation for everyone. Awareness will help lessen the number of teenagers being harmed through dating violence , promote knowledge and the understanding the concerns of this issues. Parents, leaders, teachers, neighbors and teens/young adults are afraid to talk about it. Let’s make this a normal conversation. The average person does not believe he or she can be a victim. They think the trafficker is a boggy man and he’s the guy right next door.  “Healthy relationships are impressionable” . Let’s make this a daily conversation within our community

Published by Victimology with KL

Keisha Lonon earned a Masters’ in Forensic Psychology, Health Advisory Board Member of Councilman Brandon Todd, and the Rise Project Advocate at NVRDC where she advocates for survivors/ victims. She provides awareness, resources, and tools for self-empowerment to those who experience homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, & issues with crime victim rights. As a highly motivated advocate, she has over 8 yrs of experience and was a victim of domestic violence. She trained/worked at GBI, Georgia Bureau Investigation in the Child Exploitation and Computer Crime Unit. Lonon has served as a Crisis Counselor. She traveled throughout the community to provide community based mobile crisis intervention and case management services to children and families who are suffering psychotic crisis and trauma within their home. In addition, Lonon is an author, advocate, activist & motivational speaker for teen domestic violence intersecting with human trafficking within her community. Her goal is to impact victimization through awareness, self-help, affirmation and resources.

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