The Athens CASA Cafe was held May 24, 2018 on the topic of Sex Trafficking Prevention
The Athens CASA Cafe was held May 24, 2018 on the topic of Sex Trafficking Prevention. Our speaker was Meghan Zuraw, Program Manager of the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the topic and had 65 attendees on the day of the presentation. Attendees included members of local law enforcement, CPS, non-profit organizations, other CASA chapters and plenty of CASA volunteers.
Meghan spoke about common misconceptions regarding how children become victims of sex trafficking and how these myths are spread through social media. She also discussed the prevalence of children in the child welfare system involved in sex trafficking either through a third party exploiting them, or through their own actions as runways who resort to sex work as a means to support themselves.
NCMEC responds to all reports of possible child sex trafficking, last year they received 10,903 such reports. One in seven endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2017 were likely sex trafficking victims. 88% of these likely sex trafficking victims were in the care of social services or foster care when they went missing.