Teens training to fight trafficking

Monday, September 24, 2018
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

human trafficking hands tiedAn unexpected group is being recruited to combat human trafficking, as they relate to the peer group that is most impacted.

In Our Backyard is the name of an Oregon-based organization set up to challenge human trafficking throughout the country. Founder Nita Belles has launched a sub-organization called Teens Against Trafficking and is now taking an educational program into middle schools and high schools in her state to help students understand what trafficking is, how they can spot it and what to do if they do.

"It's been a very good program in that many teens are becoming aware; they're becoming activated in this fight," Belles tells OneNewsNow. "When they're doing that, they understand what human trafficking is, and thankfully, they're not going to be the ones we're going to see at 3:00 in the morning when police do a sting."

Belles

The students are shocked when they learn that pornography, which children are already viewing, is a key factor that leads people to seek out the services of someone being trafficked. The young people's peers are the ones being sold. 

"There's just a huge opportunity, because there's incredible need," Belles acknowledges regarding her organization's aim. "We've got to protect our kids. The average age of entry for sex trafficking is 12-14 for girls and 11-13 for boys."

The Oregon project has been so successful that there is every indication it can and should spread nationwide. Right now, In Our Backyard is developing strategy to work with Atlanta police to curb trafficking at the Super Bowl.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When my pastor starts talking politics from the pulpit, I ...

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Mexico Beach residents return home again _ some to no home
Orange County, California's diversity emboldens Democrats
Montana Senate race awash in outside money as Trump returns
Japan exports fall in September, first decline since 2016
Trump asks Turkey for audio, video evidence on Khashoggi
Senate Democrats skip hearing amid post-Kavanaugh tensions
Heitkamp: Staffer out after ad that named victims

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Soros-backed group fires operative after arrest over alleged battery against GOP campaign manager
State trying to silence pastor upset over abortion for 13-year-old
Pow! Wow! Warren deals blow to affirmative action
School won’t say what’s in its ‘LGBTQ Sex Education’ workshop
Mississippi shows need for transparency around civil forfeiture

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Teachers, unions strike for money, power at kids' expense

Teacher's deskStriking public school teachers in Oregon contend that they are prepared to picket for weeks – if that is what it takes to secure higher wages for themselves at the expense of students’ education.