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Miami Schools Training Teachers, Students to Combat Sex Trafficking

July 5, 2012 06:12:00 am

The Miami-Dade school district, together with federal agencies, law enforcement, and social service groups, is working to raise awareness of human sex trafficking in an effort to prevent school-age kids from being lured into prostitution, reports the Miami Herald. A new awareness campaign aims to train teachers and administrators on the warning signs. The district is working on a campaign to educate students, too. “It is our responsibility to be as smart and aware on social issues as we are with curriculum. It’s part of our job, and it should be part of our forefront to do whatever we can do to make sure kids are safe,” said Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chairman Lawrence Feldman.

The idea stems from what he’s seen as a 35-year veteran of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Last week’s arrest of four men accused of recruiting foster children from a group home to work at a brothel has underscored its importance. Some days, the foster girls would arrive at school, text or call their pimps to pick them up, and ditch class for the brothel. “This is just a the tip of the iceberg. It’s an indicator of what’s going on,” said Carmen Pino of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

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