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Human Trafficing

Yesterday I met with an advocate fighting to teach Americans about human trafficking.

Things I did not know and want to research more about……

This information came from an  advocate, she is asking me to become involved.

She feels my push for safety for children dovetails well with her work.  I can see that this may be true, who is to say who the adult with bad behavior might be, or what their plans might be……I have dealt with a pedophile premise,but I can now see that limits the scope of my outreach.

If we give a child a safety plan, I am hoping that we then ward off persons with bad behavior of all kinds.  This is a very sobering subject.

Because I live in CA, we have many illegal immigrants that are one of the targeted populations, then girls and boys…….I5 is a corridor gangs use for trafficking human cargo.

Here are a few of the things she wanted to discuss, and I am attending an FBI seminar next month to learn more.

-Only after drugs, humans are the most trafficked commodity by gangs in the U.S.

-the initial amount paid for a human is approximately, $90.00, they are repeatedly resold.

-after Thailand and the Philipeans, the U.S. has the most slaves in captivity.

-at any one time 200,000-400,000 people are in transit or in captivity in the U.S. at any one time.

I  had lots of questions about her statistics, but am intrigued to dig up more information.

What do you know about this?

I do see that it works with my basic safety plan for all children  ,situational safety,  but gives me more food for thought…

She suggests I write a teen portion for my book, ( that has been outlined) and include this.  She is most excited about the subject being taught in schools as she is most worried about at risk youth…….without family  parenting.

The tentative title is What Should You Do, With Teens?  What do you think?

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I have so,many nosey questions! Was she wearing earbuds?Was she walking an unsafe route?How could she have improved her situation prior to the attack?Was she actively aware?Most pedophiles will pass up someone looking around, checking out the people around them.This takes away the disadvantage of walking alone and empowers them!

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 Look around, listen…..

Pay close attention to your surroundings when walking alone.  Anyone not paying attention to their surroundings could be a potential Target!

More about this in What Should You Do?

San Jose teen escapes kidnap attempt

KTVU.com and Wires

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

On Monday, San Jose police were investigating the Friday evening attempted kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl from San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred on the 2100 block of Coastland Avenue in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood around 5:20 p.m.

San Jose police Officer Jose Garcia said initial reports indicate that the girl was approached and assaulted by an unknown man who was carrying some type of electric device, possibly a stun gun.

The man reportedly attempted to force the girl into his car, police said.

Police said the suspect’s vehicle was described as a red, compact passenger car, possibly with tinted windows.

The suspect was described only as a Hispanic man who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Police said there was no immediate indication that the incident was connected to the disappearance of Sierra LaMar, the 15-year-old Morgan Hill high school student who went missing on March 16.

Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating LaMar’s disappearance, said investigators with that agency were aware of the San Jose incident.

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Under the Covers, or what people have said about Teaching Safety!

a sneak peek………

“The information that Melinda has provided to my students over the years has been invaluable. Now, through the writing of What Should You Do?, Melinda can help empower many more children around the world. Thank you, Melinda!”

Tami Truax
Parent and Principal, Turlock Unified School District

“Melinda has a passion for this subject and has made it a personal mission to insure that students are taught how to recognize and escape from dangerous situations. She’s a high energy, committed and caring educator. I whole-heartedly recommended her to any school or district”

Doug Baughn, Director of Student Services

Salida Union School District

“Sacred Heart School was privileged to have Melinda Tripp able to speak to our parents during a parent club meeting, before she did her school presentations.   She informed the parents of the empowerment they can give to their children, as they teach them of staying safe and ‘wise’.  Melinda’s stories and enactments of situations, made it pertinent for the parents on what they can do to help their children be ‘aware’.  We all ‘care’ that our children are ‘aware’.

During the school day, students in, Knd, 1st- 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th listened to the stories and participated in the role playing of what they can do to stay safe and aware.  Melinda’s program is presented to the students in an age appropriate fashion.  She is a  ’must have’ for our children.  We are concerned about the academics, sports, etc.  Let us not forget about the emotional stability of our children.  If we can prevent them from ever experiencing a traumatic or unnecessarily harmful experience, we have done our job well in the emotional level, also.  Knowledge is a powerful tool.  Thank you, Melinda, for being a beacon for safe kids.”

Donna Noceti, Principal

Sacred Heart School-Turlock

“The day of the assemblies proved that Melinda is a natural teacher. Her ability to engage and relate to students of all ages and grade levels is amazing. The assemblies are educational, creative, and efficient. Our students went away having an awareness and understanding of what it takes to be safe”

Brian Murphy, Administrator

Ceres Unified School District

“She goes out of her way to help kids stay safe… When crowds of kids gather on elementary school campuses to hear her, she speaks from the heart.”

Laura Cook, Reporter

Turlock Journal

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TELL ME ABOUT IT! Teaching Children the Art of Description

I am always a teachers best friend when I start talking during a safety assembly about description, now this is something a teacher can sink their teeth into!

Parents- For those who have not started, one of the fundamental  foundations for your child’s  safety plan will be descriptors.

People – Teach your child to describe people, start with features, colors, size, male, female, hair, skin, age, clothing, etc……

It is fun to describe people you know well, while at the dinner table.  “Who can tell me what Grandpa loks like?”

While out and about, point out someone and have your child really look  at them, and ask them to use their describing vocabulary.

Later on, when they need to describe someone for any reason, they will have the confident vocabulary. (pgs 90-91) parent/teacher worksheets.

Describing Actions we are telling about- Who What Where When Why?  This is a fun game, use it before a movie begins,

then stop the movie discuss, and then afterward again.  You can use the same for stories you are reading.

Describing will become a habit, and if a child is ever asked to describe, in a situation where authorities really need to know specifics, your child  will be able to do it acurately.

I have groups of children walking home practice looking at license numbers, makes and models of cars…it is just one more way of getting children to use thier “Lighthouse Walk,” (page 46) and be present in the activity of being aware of their surroundings.

Start today, practice describing……if the never use it for safety reasons, great, and the teachers will love you!