Human traffickers worldwide are increasingly using social media to contact vulnerable victims. Human traffickers know how to search out a needy child or teenagers who may be insecure and wanting attention. The trafficker may appear to take a special interest in the child and tell them what they want to hear…this is called grooming.
Once limited to luring victims in the street, traffickers can now message thousands of people through Instagram, Facebook, Kik, Tagged and Twitter, with WhatsApp and Snapchat some of the latest tools in their arsenal. A trafficker may meet their potential victim on Facebook or other well-known site but ask the child to transfer their conversation to Kik or another less popular site. (more…)