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U.P. Observes Human Trafficking Day

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Stephanie Krieger with the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force says the term “human trafficking” can encompass a wide variety of activities…

“Quite simply put, one person exploits another person for monetary value.”

That can include forcing people into the sex trade, or to perform slave labor.

The primary targets are teenage boys and girls, and young adult women. The most fertile hunting ground is the internet…

“According to the national center for missing and exploited children, there has been a 106 percent increase in online sexual exploitation during the pandemic.”

Krieger says predators can easily reach into homes in the Upper Peninsula. The best protection is involved parents…

“Parents need to be, and are allowed to be, and are responsible for the kids’ viewing.”

That includes limiting screen time, and monitoring the sites your child visits and the apps they use, on their computers, and on their phones.

You can hear Todd VanDyke’s entire interview with Stephanie Krieger on Sunday’s Copper Country Today program at KeweenawReport.com.

You are encouraged to wear blue today, to support the fight against Human Trafficking.

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