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Girls Inc. of San Diego to provide trafficking prevention education to 150 girls

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Girls Inc. of San Diego County announced it will deliver trafficking prevention training to 150 girls this year.

They will teach the PROTECT (Prevention Organized To Educate Children on Trafficking), curriculum to girls ages 10 to 18, so they can identify trafficking warning signs and develop prevention and response techniques.

The PROTECT curriculum is designed specifically to reduce the vulnerability of human trafficking and to educate children about its dangers.

“Girls Inc. of San Diego County already has strong relationships with girls who fall into the high-risk zone for human trafficking. Working as a community partner with PROTECT, we are in the unique position to help high-risk girls learn how to defend themselves from being victims of trafficking,” said Carla Vallone, President, Board of Directors, Girls Inc. of San Diego County. “Advocating for girls, and helping them advocate for themselves, is core to the Girls Inc. philosophy. Together, we can all take a strong stand against the exploitation of girls in our community.”

In the United States, there are up to 17,500 victims of human trafficking each year. According to San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, San Diego has the tenth highest rates of human trafficking reports in the nation with an estimated 8,000 annual incidents. 

Sex trafficking is an $810 million industry in San Diego, and the average age of a trafficked child is 15 years old.

As of January 2018, public school districts are required to implement human trafficking education in correlation with health education. 

For more information about the risks of human trafficking download Girls Inc. of San Diego County’s issues brief at http://girlsincsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Trafficking-Brief.pdf. To learn more about how to get involved with Girls Inc. of San Diego to advocate and protect underserved girls, please visitwww.girlsincsd.org/volunteer

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