Last week, Shared Hope International brought sex trafficking prevention, identification and response education and training to Tacoma public schools, community members, law enforcement, prosecutors and social service providers.
On March 5-6, Shared Hope joined the Tacoma Public School District to provide youth sex trafficking prevention education to students, counselors, educators, administrators and principals using the prevention film, Chosen. The film and resource package are based on the true stories of two Washington teenage girls who were targeted by traffickers. They explain how the traffickers used common techniques like flattery, affection, gifts, promises of fulfilled dreams and adventures, financial stability and isolation to recruit them into the horrifying world of commercial sex. Watch the trailer.
On March 5, we hosted a free community screening of Chosen in Tacoma. Kudos to all of the parents who brought their sons and daughters to the event! Thank you for educating and preparing your child to fight against trafficking to protect themselves and their friends!
The events culminated on March 7 with a gang sex trafficking training for professionals. Through a partnership with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, over 160 Washington law enforcement, prosecutors and social service providers attend a free training on gang sex trafficking. The training equipped attendees to advance cases against gang trafficking, dismantle criminal operations, and provide appropriate services to gang-involved trafficking victims in an effort to improve the identification and response to victims of juvenile sex trafficking.
It was an important week of training and education in Washington! While we can’t make it to every city, you can access the same training and education! Order your copy of Gang TRAP (professionals) or Chosen Plus (available Monday, March 17) to receive the same information on youth sex trafficking prevention and gang trafficking!