Human Trafficking Academy representatives Beatriz Susana Uitts, Research Assistant, and Karla Garcia, Executive Assistant of the Academy, visited a group of 9th and 10th-grade students at Cushman High School to talk about the issue of human trafficking on Tuesday, October 24th. The topic under discussion was the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). It is estimated that between 100,000-300,000 youth are victims of CSEC each year in the United States.
The goal of the presentation was to inform and educate students about human trafficking. Students learned about the risk factors that make minors potential victims of CSEC as well as the methods of control and tactics used by traffickers.
The Academy was invited to present on the topic as part of the high school’s Society and Me program, which encourages students to select and research a social issue that is prevalent both locally and globally and to think about what they can do to create change in their local communities.