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Final 2017 Brown Bagger Packs a Wallop 12/8/17  12/10/17 11:14:29 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

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Stephanie Olson, CEO/president of the non-profit  Set Me Free Project, points to some startling statistics as she presents a Brown Bagger hour on November 30.
Final 2017 Brown Bagger Packs a Wallop
The fourth and final 2017 noontime program – Sex Trafficking, Social Media and Our Youth – attracted a large audience as Stephanie Olson talked about the current dilemma of human trafficking in Douglas County and in Nebraska. She noted that while 52 percent of traffickers are male and 42 percent are female, the other six percent are children. That’s because children who are being groomed often show up at school with extra cash and cool things. When asked where they got them, they naively say that “It’s easy, I’ll show you.”
Those being trafficked are both male and female, children and adults, but a disproportionate number of them are African American. While traffickers say they prefer white recruits, black recruits are easier to get because of poverty, homelessness and drugs, among other factors.
One of the problems is that once “groomed” and introduced to the life of a trafficked individual, there is often no need to keep that person locked up. The hold on them is so great, they are free to roam. She emphasized that all children are at risk – yes yours too! Education is the key.
Brown Bagger “Save The Dates” for 2018 are: January 10, April 11, July 11, October 10. They are sponsored by the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County and Boystown.
 
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