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Transition and uncertainty at Outer Banks Hotline. Southern Shores candidates cite cut-through traffic…. Michael Lewis acknowledges that with trafficking victims, there may be more failures than successes. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, North Carolina ranked eighth in the nation in the of human trafficking cases inwith 92 of the cases reported involving sex trafficking.
This year, perhaps in response to growing concern over its prevalence, the N. General Assembly mandated that all employees in North Carolina schools be trained in reporting and preventing child sex trafficking.
It is happening. Tina Pennington has seen this firsthand since opening the doors of the Currituck-based anti-trafficking organization, Beloved Haven, five years ago. The U. Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Pennington and other experts at the Jan. The Jan. That proved not to be a trafficking case, but the local girl had been lured away from home by another teen girl she met online. The age of the missing girl in that case should not come as a surprise, experts say.
Pennington noted that when it comes to online exchanges between and predator, the average age for victims — both girls and boys — being lured into such a situation is Pennington said that traffickers connect with young people online and pretend to be the one who understands them, who is going to make it alright during a volatile time of childhood.
She said the men, or their recruiters who are sometimes other girls, often groom victims online to build a relationship and make them believe they care about them.
For his part, Currituck Sheriff Matthew Beickert asserted that there is always the possibility of a trafficking situation. Beickert noted that his department has a task force ased to internet crimes against children and officers are trained annually on trafficking, adding that his staff works closely with the SBI and FBI on potential trafficking cases. He also said that he hopes to incorporate education regarding healthy relationships into the high school freshman orientation. Lewis said his group, along with Beloved Haven and Albemarle Hopeline, are going to partner to develop a program on what human trafficking looks like — not only for staff, but also for students and parents.
Its mission is to make connections with trafficking victims to help them begin to take the next steps to leave that situation. Recalling a victim in Ocracoke who reached out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline for help, was transported to the Outer Banks Hospital and then to a medical center in Greenville only to leave again, Lewis said the task of helping these victims is complex and involves many agencies. Saturday, October 16, Dixie Today's Weather.
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