insight from the real world about trafficking:
Dear Free-Range Kids:
First, I want to thank you for your crusade!Â It has inspired me to be a more relaxed mother & help my friends relax a little too.Â We are all new at this, my son is the oldest & he’s turning 4 next week, so I like to think I set the example a little bit.Â I want all our kids to actually be able to PLAY together one day, and for all us adults to be able to retreat to another room & be adult friends again.Â I despise how parenting these days means you stare at your child while they play.
Secondly, this link is why I am writing to you today.Â This was a local story about a woman who survived actually being human trafficked.Â I thought it was interesting, it is such a stark contrast to the fear-based stories of human trafficking that I frequently see shared on Facebook by paranoid parents.Â The woman was in her late teens, was lured & sold by a trusted family member, and seemingly in plain-sight before she escaped.
Where’s the part about the two strange gentlemen hovering around three young children in Ikea?Â Where’s the part about how she was snatched off a playground, to the horror of multiple hovering adults?Â Of course, this woman’s ordeal is harrowing, and she is a survivor and role model for speaking out. But I just couldn’t get past the details of her capture and how profoundly different they are than what many are lead to believe.
Jessica Galterio, Conn.