Dr. John DeGarmo Speaks on Sex Trafficking
Royal Family KIDS (RFK) along with its church partnerships across the nation, play an integral role in changing the sex trafficking ‘victim’ storyline by prevention. When foster children experience a RFK camp, attend Mentoring Club, or connect with a local church, it provides us with the opportunity to redirect the likelihood of them being potential victims. Our teens are especially vulnerable to sex trafficking predators, as they possess risk factors such as broken families, abuse, and low self-esteem. Some of these risk factors are minimized and sometimes eliminated altogether, thanks to the faithful assistance of volunteers who serve these children and teens.
Foster children is a trafficking demographic that many don’t think of, but in fact is a significant piece of the revenues that this billion dollar industry takes in on a daily basis. Foster children are vulnerable and become easy prey for sex trafficking predators. Dr John DeGarmo shares similar sentiments as Royal Family KIDS on the topic of prevention. In one of Dr. DeGarmo’s blogs, he conveys that “These sexual predators know that foster children are particularly vulnerable to this kind of assault. These predators are often luring these children into a horrific web of child sex trafficking. Predators scour the internet through chat rooms and social network sites, looking for children who are technically more advanced than their parents. Building a relationship throughout a period of time, over the course of weeks and sometimes even months, child victims feel that they can trust their new “friend.” These victims characteristically have experienced abuse at some point in their lives, having a history of prior sexual abuse. Along with this, victims have low self esteem problems, and are emotionally troubled or depressed. All of these signs are common to foster children. For the foster child who is craving someone to pay attention to them, to be their friend, and to love them, they are easy prey, making them easy targets for online predators.”
In 2016, one out of every six endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely sex trafficking victims. Of those, 86% were in the care of Social Services or foster care when they ran away. The average age of victims entering the sex trafficking arena is 11 – 14 (Polaris, 2016).
Royal Family KIDS has in the past—and continues to be, an effective and preventative source in the fight against human trafficking as it relates to the foster community.
Read original blog hereThe Reality of Child Sex Trafficking and Foster Children –
Stats provided by Polaris Facts