Thank you for this article, Perla Trevizo. Thanks also go to Beverly Cosley and her staff for putting together a program on trafficking along with a panel discussion and film. Raising awareness is probably the single best thing that can be done to combat Human Trafficking.
There are two complementary approaches that can be taken in this regard. One is reactive, and consists mostly of apprehending traffickers and punishing them. The profits are so huge in this enterprise, however, that the small likelihood of apprehension and the remoteness of punishment pretty much negate the hoped-for deterrence.
A second approach is proactive and consists of bringing the subject into the local schools so that children will be sensitized to the evil that people sometimes inflict upon one another. Hopefully, this will engender a sense of abhorrence and more caution on their parts, thereby decreasing the likelihood of making bad decisions and being drawn into it. Young people who are aware of the ugliness of the possible consequences of allowing themselves to be enticed by seemingly friendly acquaintances will be more cautious and less likely to put themselves at risk. - Prof Patt, http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/