Director of Legislation and Education Polly Klaas Foundation
"Predators are using public schools as a new hunting ground." This quote from Tom Torlakson, former California Superintendent of Schools, is not wrong, this is exactly what is happening in our schools across the country. Not only have our kids been exposed to this kind of victimization when they were attending school but may be even more at risk since COVID-19 shut down our schools and moved them away from the watchful eye of their teachers and school administrators. This presentation will use cases to highlight the various ways our children are being lured away from schools, whether it's from the school grounds itself or through social media and leaving from school grounds. We will also take a look at the impact sex trafficking has on the learning environment for everyone affected. These crimes are devastating but if we know what methods are being used to lure our children, we can make a difference in helping to keep them safe.
Demonstrate the significance and gravity of missing children incidents that may be tied to the sex trafficking of our students.
Recognize the ways our students are being lured online and the indicators that they are potentially a victim of sex trafficking.
Be able to discuss the ways education about the sex trafficking of minors, within our school systems, may be able to stop our children across the country from becoming victims or ending the victimization of children who are already being trafficked.