So what do I tell them? After I spoke at the Rotary Club a few days ago a man told me he did not know trafficking even happened here in the United States. And I said well yes, yes it does and I was a victim of trafficking, but after I left I thought I should have told him how to help. I have been researching this question, and I have been learning so much lately.
Virginia Governor McDonnell signed bill 259 into effect, which says Va schools and school boards have to provide resources and materials for distribution for students, parents, counselers and school personnel, and that these materials should be made from consultation with EXPERTS in human trafficking prevention. And I think that survivors are the experts. As a survivor I think I am an expert in human trafficking, and in ways to help prevent it.
So I think that when I tell my story I should offer advice on ways people, parents and guardians can protect their children, like be involved in their children's lifes. Sounds silly I know but you would be surprised how many parents do not know where their children are in a given afternoon. LIsten to your children, really listen.
And for the schools, do as bill 259 says offer materials that educate students and teachers about human trafficking.