tscxcvi16 karma2019-10-22 18:45:56 UTC
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tscxcvi13 karma2019-10-22 18:58:45 UTC
Disgusted, but sadly not surprised. Myself and the girls I've come across while I was trafficked encountered all types of sex buyers. Businessmen, lawyers, judges, police officers. It's not a surprise at all.
tscxcvi13 karma2019-10-22 18:55:37 UTC
tscxcvi10 karma2019-10-22 21:20:22 UTC
Hey! Thank you so much:) I always tell law enforcement specifically to just act like a regular person when working with youth. I've had experiences with officers who talked down to me, who made me feel ashamed, etc. It was dehumanizing & made me lose trust in authority. I do realize that police have difficult and often traumatizing experiences on the job, so I understand how it might be hard sometimes to be super sympathetic or understanding. But it's important to try:)
Just being a genuine, caring person is the most important thing. To not judge, to not try to pressure someone into reporting, and also to remember that reporting might put someone in a lot more danger. Also just being kind! I remember the officers who were nice to me. Those were the ones I ended up reaching out to later or when I needed help.
I think being aware of the root causes of trafficking also encourages officers to be more sensitive to the issue. Things like trauma, circumstance, potential mental health issues, family issues, etc.
I just did an RCMP training up in Ottawa last month, and it was really nice to see police who do genuinely care and want to make the effort to fight this issue. And since it's a growing issue, I'm sure I'll be doing these trainings more & more often lol!
tscxcvi7 karma2019-10-22 19:10:00 UTC
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