Human Trafficking has been a big problem all over the world. Living in San Diego it has been a real issue since we are so close to the Mexican border. My husband has worked with the district attorney for many years in attempting to stop it. Being in the hospitality business, it is very common to see this. Professionals from the district office come and teach the hospitality businesses on what to look out for and signs on when human trafficking is going on.
“Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national criminal organizations. The International Labor Organization estimated that 21 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these, 14.2 million (68%) were exploited for labor, 4.5 million (22%) were sexually exploited, and 2.2 million (10%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labor.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking
As a parent, it’s hard to think that this could hit so close to home…but it did.
Yesterday a SoCal mommy blogger (Diandra Toyos) posted the she and her mom had a gut feeling that the two men at an Ikea store were human traffickers. She said that they followed her and her children every section they would move to. They then sat in a sofa area for about 30 minutes to see what these two men would do and they waited for them. After Toyos’ gut feeling, she went and talked to an Ikea employee and the two men disappeared.
“It’s scary to think what would have happened if this mom was not paying attention.”
You just never know what is going to happen and important we keep our mommy instinct on at all times.
Toyos blogged about her experience and pointed out some tips for other parents:
- The two men weren’t shopping. They didn’t appear interested in any products around the store. They followed the family and moved on to new sections at the same pace.
- The men didn’t seem to be waiting for anyone – wives, parents, etc. They didn’t even talk to each other or anyone else. When she tried to make eye contact with them, they instantly looked away.
- Each area they were hanging out in had exits. “They could have run out that exit with my child and hand them off to someone waiting outside.”
- Be aware of your children. Don’t let them out of your sight. It’s not the time to text or chat on the phone.
- Take pictures of the suspicious people.
These are things we should be aware of. You just never know what kind of people there are in this world and we definitely want to keep our babies safe.
Source taken from: http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/03/28/socal-mom-says-gut-feeling-helped-her-family-evade-human-traffickers-in-ikea-store/