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What to Do if Your Young One Goes Missing - And How to Ensure They Don't
What to Do if Your Young One Goes Missing - And How to Ensure They Don’t
Welcome to episode 16 of the Safe Living Today Show. This is your host Stephen Carter, former Chief of Police and Corporate Security Director for one of the world’s largest financial services company.
The purpose of this podcast is to share with you the tools, tips, and methods for you and your loved ones to stay safe in your home, online, and when you’re out and about in the world.
This episode is about keeping children and teens safe and what to do if a young one goes missing.
“Time Magazine” reported the the body of a 16-year-old girl from Alexandria, Virginia was discovered 2-weeks after she walked out of her home after receiving a text message from an unknown person.
Later that evening, Jholie Moussa sent a text message to her twin sister she was attending a party in Norfolk, Virginia, which is 200 miles away. There is no evidence that she in fact attended a party in Norfolk. Her body was found in a park close to her home.
Because run-a-way cases are so common, police originally believed Jholie wasn’t in imminent danger. Why? Because she left home on her own accord.
This sad case points to the risk children and teens face when they act impulsively, trust the wrong person, or choose to run-a-way from home.
How many young people go missing? There’s no firm number, but depending on the various sources who track this information reported disappearances run between 400,000 to 800,000 a year. Each one of these missing children is a living, breathing, human being who deserves to be reunited with his or her’s family.
Let’s look at two parts of the problem.
What steps can parents, grandparents, and other family members take to help ensure a young person doesn’t put herself or himself in a dangerous position?
First, talk to young people about the risks they face online. Predators are working social media sites 24 X 7. They usually assume false identities and gain the trust of adolescents - male and female - with the intent of separating the young person from their family.
Through smooth online and later phone or video conversations, the young person is lured into meeting the predator. Once that happens, that young person may be given drugs, encouraged to engage in sex, and - in many cases - outright kidnapped.
That young person may taken to another city and forced into prostitution. In virtually every case, the victim is told if they try to
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