Cybersafe: Human trafficking and social media


A crowd of nearly 300 people filled the pews at the Forestgate Presbyterian Church this week for a meeting about human trafficking. 

“This is important because people don’t know what to look for,” said Lisa Brandt with the Human Trafficking Task Force. 

The organization is doing what it can to stop the human suffering caused by human trafficking. 

In this digital world, it often starts online. In fact, a detective present at Monday’s event said more than 75% had originated on social media.

“We need to tell our children to be careful,” Brandt said. “Be very cautious about what we give our children, like a phone. They need filters and guidance.” 

The Task Force of Southern Colorado is working with other organizations and agencies to reduce human trafficking. While they focus on advocacy and rehabilitation for survivors, the key is awareness and stopping it before it happens.

“They should know who they’re communicating with,” Brandt said. “Predators usually lure them through social media. When you don’t really know someone, it’s a problem.”

That’s where the parents come into the picture. Hopefully, more will be attending the Task Force meetings in the future. You can find a schedule here

Brandt said to always speak up if you think you see something. You can contact the Human Trafficking hotline by texting INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733). You can also call 1-866-455-5075 .

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