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Published: Friday, Nov. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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2 bit
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is going to sound harsh but... the people who can actually STOP child trafficking are the parents and the child. You need to keep the child in the home if you are going to protect them against being exploited by people on the street. The State really can't stop it.

That said... I agree with the observation that, "Utah lacks a protective response to minor victims that treats them as victims and not as criminals".

A runaway sees police as the enemy (because and if they get caught they will probably get returned to the home they ran away from). This means they can't go to the police for help. So they are left with the people on the street who they trust not tell the police about them (and these are usually the people who will exploit them). So they actually see their exploiters as their PROTECTION from the Police, who are supposed to be their protectors. They actually hide from the police (their protectors), and run to their exploiters for protection.

Parents need to teach their children who to trust and who NOT to trust (Trust the police... not the guys on the street).

galvodog6
beacon falls, CT

2 Bit,
How does one protect the children if the perpetrator is a family memeber? or the fix it guy that visited one time? How will you protect them from stalkers on the internet? Home schooling? what if that teacher IS a pedophile? How will keeping the child at home protect them for this?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

galvodog6,

This article isn't about "child abuse"... it's "child trafficking".

The one time visitor to your house can't traffic your child (without your knowledge). Neither can a teacher at school. Even a guy on the internet can't traffic your child (as long as you don't let them run away with that guy on the internet).

This article is about kids who run away from home and end up getting caught up in the sex trade and being trafficked as sex slaves.

I'm thinking... IF you keep your child at home... nobody's going to be able to traffic your child as a sex slave UNLESS you let them (or you are the one doing it).

When they run away from home... you aren't as able to protect them. So do what you can to keep them at home. And don't make the police the enemy of kids how DO run away from home.

desert
Potsdam, 00

Agreed very much "2 bits" !

Another aspect worth thinking about is, as you know from China that kids just vanish.

Any family or home is prone to that in these days.
The question parents should ask is where is my attention focus, while I am so bussy ?

Are your kids the most valued goal in your life to be protected at all times ?
You love more what goes around, you end up with bad news.

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