Coronado SAFE and Coronado Soroptimist Presents: “Online Trafficking ... Who’s at Risk?” on Feb 22nd 6:30-8:00pm. Register at CoronadoSAFE.org

If you have children who use the internet, it’s time to talk about safety. Frankly, online trafficking is closer than we think and parents need to be informed.

Coronado SAFE and The Soroptimist Club are teaming up to address this critical topic. Presenting will be Officer Grace Del Bagno, the Coronado Police Department School Resource Officer, and an officer from the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force. Speaking from their experiences tackling the issue of human trafficking, the presenters will address facts and myths about human trafficking, risk factors, social media, and practical boundaries to keep your children safe.

San Diego is identified as the top 13 high-intensity child prostitution areas. While the average age of entry for commercial sexual exploitation is 16 years old, according to the San Diego County District Attorney. In the age of social media coupled with the strain of social isolation and online distance learning, youth are more vulnerable than ever to online trafficking. Coronado youth are not immune. Coronado SAFE’s Executive Director Georgia Ferrell said, “Some parents might believe, ‘surely this couldn’t happen to my child,’ especially in a place like Coronado. However, ignorance is not bliss. This is why it was important for SAFE to hold this conversation with the Coronado community. We want to empower parents with the awareness and knowledge to make informed decisions.”

In hopes to have more hands-on-deck against human trafficking, SAFE is partnering with Soroptimst of Coronado. Coronado Soroptimists have spent 20 years working to raise awareness about human trafficking and are delighted to partner with Coronado SAFE in bringing this information to the Coronado community. Jen Alvord, president of Soroptimist stated, “We hope that this presentation will shine a bright light on an industry that continues to profit by the millions each year. Along with SAFE, we strive to educate parents and their children on protecting themselves from becoming victims of this heinous crime.”

Online trafficking can be scary to think about. However, for parents, knowledge is power. Don’t miss this critical Coffee Talk on Feb 22nd at 6:30-8:00 pm. Register today at CoronadoSAFE.org.

About Coronado SAFE: Coronado SAFE, founded in 1998, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has helped thousands of youth and families in our community prevent or overcome challenges such as: Self Esteem, Bullying, Divorce, Social Connection, Drug Use, Suicide, Grief and Loss, Communication Barriers, Mental Illness, Behavior Difficulties, and more. Keep up with Coronado SAFE by signing up for monthly Parenting Tool Box E-Newsletters at CoronadoSAFE.org and by following them on social media @CoronadoSAFE

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