Sex traffickers use social media to target victims
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Sex traffickers use social media to target victims


FOR MANY, POSTING AND LIKING COMMENTS IS PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES. BUT THOSE POSTS CAN SOMETIMES TURN INTO TARGETS FOR SEX TRAFFICKERS. TONIGHT 15 FINDS OUT INVESTIGATOR ALYSSA IVANSON CONTINUES HER SERIES HIDDEN PREDATORS, DIGGING DEEPER INTO HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS USED TO TRAP VICTIMS. FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, SNAPCHAT- YOU’VE LIKELY HEARD OF THOSE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. BUT HOW ABOUT KIK? OR YIK YAK? OR CHAT-ROULETTE? ALL OF THEM COULD BE PLACES PREDATORS SOLICIT YOUR KIDS – AND YOU COULD HAVE NO IDEA THEY’RE BEING TARGETED. MUSIC WITH MONTAGE OF COMPUTER STUFF 53:50 CATHIE IT TAKES 24 HOURS TO TRAFFIC A KID FROM THE TIME THEY MEET THEM ONLINE. 24 HOURS. 24:25 KEVIN IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE. IT CAN HAPPEN INNOCENTLY IT STARTS OFF BY MEETING SOMEONE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEY MIGHT DISAPPEAR. POST – LIKE – COMMENT – SHARE – SOCIAL MEDIA IS A BIG PART OF PEOPLE’S LIVES – ESPECIALLY AMERICA’S YOUTH. 33:25 CORBIN SOCIAL MEDIA ISN’T EVIL, BUT IT CAN BE USED FOR EVIL 19:20 FBI SOCIAL MEDIA HAS OPENED UP ACCESS. IT’S MEANT TO CONNECT PEOPLE – BUT SOCIAL MEDIA – CAN ALSO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PREDATORS TO CONNECT WITH THEIR NEXT VICTIM. 19:20 FBI CONTINUED BEFORE YOU HAD TO GO SIT IN FRONT OF SCHOOL OR OTHER PLACES WHERE KIDS PLAY TO FIND KIDS YOU WOULD WATCH WHO MIGHT BE SUSCEPTIBLE. NOW YOU JUST HOP ONLINE 33:45 CATHIE ANYONE YOU DON’T KNOW IN THE REAL WORLD IS A STRANGER 37:50 CLINTON WE WOULDN’T LET STRANGERS INTO OUR HOUSE. WHY ARE WE LETTING THEM INTO OUR KIDS’ PHONES? MANY CASES OF SEX TRAFFICKING START ONLINE – AND SEEM HARMLESS AT FIRST. 17:50 FBI PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR THEY’RE HANDSOME OR SPECIAL OR SMART. THEY’LL TELL YOU THAT IT’S CALLED GROOMING – TRAFFICKERS WILL MONITOR POSTS – AND THEN PICK THEIR TARGET – AND PREY ON THEIR WEAKNESSES. 33:00 CATHIE TRAFFICKERS LOOK FOR NAVE CHILDREN AND KIDS WHO ARE NEEDY. IF THEY’RE TALKING BOUT THEIR SAD MOOD OR THEY’RE DEPRESSED THAT’S A KID I CAN RECRUIT. I CAN FIND A WAY INTO THEIR LIFE. I CAN MAKE THEM FEEL BETTER. OH YOU WANT TO BE A MODEL? I CAN HELP YOU BE A MODEL. 17:30 FBI IF YOU PUT ON THERE EVERYTHING YOUR PARENTS DON’T UNDERSTAND, HOW EASY IS IT FOR ME TO POP UP ONLINE AND SAY IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT. YOU’LL GET YOUR HAIR DONE. YOU’LL GET YOUR NAILS DONE. YOU’LL EAT THREE TIMES A DAY. I’LL GIVE YOU A WARM PLACE TO STAY. NICE HOTELS. THE PERSON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCREEN COULD ALSO ASK FOR PICTURES – PROMISE THEY’LL BE PRIVATE – BUT THEN THE SEXTING – TURNS INTO SEXTORTION – BASICALLY CYBER BLACKMAIL – THREATENING TO SHARE THE PROVACATIVE PICTURES UNLESS THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT. 12:25 FBI AGENT IT STARTS AS SEXTORTION. NUDE IMAGES AND WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO TO KEEP THEIR SCHOOL FROM FINDING OUT THAT THERE ARE ALL THESE NUDE IMAGES. IT’S SO EASY TO REACH OUT TO SOMEONE’S ENTIRE FAMILY BASE. MAKE A FAKE PAGE WITH SAME PROFILE PICTURE 51;50 CATHIE I MET A YOUNG GIRL IN 5TH GRADE WHO ON KIK SHARED VIDEO OF SOMEONE SHE THOUGHT CARED ABOUT HER AND HE’S ALREADY SENT IT TO SEVERAL PEOPLE 24:35 KEVIN KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR KIDS SOCIAL MEDIA AND TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THIS. IT CAN HAPPEN. A: WHAT IS THAT CONVERSATION? IT COULD START WITH LOOK I’M CONCERNED ABOUT YOU. THERE ARE LOTS OF BAD PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE SAFE AND BY HAVING ACCESS TO ALL YOUR INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA I CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT. 40:58 CATHIE STOP WORRYING ABOUT MAKING THEM MAD AT YOU. BUT IF YOU’RE THAT PARENT, ASK LEADING QUESTIONS. 41;15 SAY HEY I HEARD ABOUT KIK. CAN YOU SHOW ME WHAT KICK IS ABOUT? START ASKING THEM TO TEACH YOU. 39:40 CLINTON NOT AS A HELICOPTER PARENT AND TRY TO BOSS THEM AROUND WITH THIS STUFF. JUST TO SAY LOOK. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER. THE GENERATION GAP’S GOT TO CLOSE AND LET’S MAKE THIS THING WORK TOGETHER SO WE CAN HAVE A SAFE COMMUNITY. JUST LAST WEEK REMEDYLIVE TEAMED UP WITH POLICE AND FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TO HELP EDUCATE PARENTS ABOUT DANGEROUS MOBILE APPS AND HOW TO TALK TO THEIR KIDS. 38:55 CLINTON I WANT US TO BE SO AWARE THAT ANY HUMAN TRAFFICKING RINGS OF ANY SIZE SAY THERE’S NO CHANCE WE’LL MAKE IT IN FORT WAYNE BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH EDUCATION CORBIN A; HOW DO ADULTS TALK TO TEENS ABOUT SEX TRAFFICKNG? 34:10 CORBIN DON’T JUST SAY SEX TRAFFICKING IS BAD AND LET’S TALK ABOUT IT AND THAT’S THE TOPIC OF THE DAY 34:35 CORBIN MAKE IT AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE CASUAL AND COMFORTABLE YOU MAKE IT IS THE WAY TO GO HUNTINGTON NORTH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CORBIN LANDRUM WAS PART OF A CLASS PROJECT ON SEX TRAFFICKING – EVEN MAKING A VIDEO DEPICTING HOW QUICKLY SOMEONE CAN GET TRAPPED. 35:25 CORBIN A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE ARE COERCED INTO IT AND DON’T KNOW UNTIL THEY’RE IN IT 35:50 OH I’M YOUR BEST FRIEND. BOYFRIEND. GIRLFRIEND. YOU THINK YOU LOVE HIM AND HE ASKS FOR A FAVOR AND YOU THINK YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE. BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE. IF YOU’RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH SOMETHING TELL THEM. A IF YOU COULD TALK TO ALL THE TEENS IN AMERICA COULD WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? 37:26 CORBIN THINK THROUGH WHAT YOU’RE POSTING. IF I POST THIS IS THAT GOING TO ATTRACT SOMETHING I DON’T WANT? IF I POST THIS IS GOING TO ATTRACT SOMETHING I DON’T’ WANT? A CATHIE HOW DIFFICULT A PROBLEM IS THIS TO COMBAT 42:35 CATHIE EVERY DAY THERE’S NEW APPS NEW WAYS PREDATORS CAN GET TO OUR CHILDREN WHICH IS WHY THE BEST DEFENSE IS AN OPEN, HONEST AND CONTINUOUS DIALOGUE 43:25 CATHIE ALWAYS BE IN COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CHILD. KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. ASK THEM TALK TO THEM. PARENT. RIGHT NOW ON WANE DOT COM, YOU CAN FIND A LINK TO A WEBSITE THAT LETS YOU SCREEN DIFFERENT APPS. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP RIGHT NOW, HERE’S THE NATIONAL HOTLINE: 888-373-78-88. YOU CAN ALSO CALL YOUR LOCAL POLICE. NEXT THURSDAY AT SIX, OUR HIDDEN PREDATORS SERIES CONTINUES – DIGGING DEEPER INTO HOW AGENCIES ACROSS THE STATE ARE FIGHTING BACK AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING. WE WILL ALSO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IN A PANEL DISCUSSION NEXT THURSDAY AT 7 P-M. WATCH IT LIVE ON WANE DOT COM – AND ASK YOUR QUESTIONS. YOU CAN SEND THEM TO US ON WANE DOT COM – OR ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER USING THE HASHTAG “HIDDEN PREDATORS” YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE FIRST TWO HIDDEN PREDATORS STORIES RIGHT NOW ON THE 15 FINDS OUT PAGE ON WANE DOT COM. IPFW IS LOOKING FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR A NEW NAME FOLLOWING THIS

6 thoughts on “Sex traffickers use social media to target victims

  1. They use social media , put leaflets through victims doors to let girls know they are watching or close by phone , or use company’s to call victims to fish for victims personal details , they use all these tactics to monitor , watch or gain control of there victims , just for profit!
    They use lots of tactics to keep girls in a life of slavery & exploitation in London …….

  2. Someone on ig with the name something like fa6lsö2jöa dm'd me and asked for sex I got scared asf and thought someone would come to my house I blocked the guy…

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