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