Shutting the gate: Neutralizing the trafficker’s trap

One-day workshop

This workshop is standalone and may be scheduled without attendance at a three-day conference.

SEXUAL ABUSE: COLLISION COURSE.

Almost without exception, children who fall into the trap of a trafficker have already experienced sexual abuse. It might have been at the hands of a family member or someone else they know or it might have been a rape at a drug house. Learn the dynamics of one of the most prevalent portals into child sex trafficking.

LET THE FLOOD GATES OPEN: DRUGS AS A RECRUITER.

The power of addiction can lure individuals to do things they never thought possible. Become familiar with the latest drugs, how they are being used, and the cycle of addition that leads to significant lifestyle changes, including pimping, recruiting, and/or victimization in the “game.” Learn some practical tools that will help you identify addictive behaviors, break denial, and set boundaries to negate its destructive control.

BOILING POINT. TRYING TO “COPE” ON THEIR OWN.

Children who have experienced trauma and fail to receive coping mechanisms invent their own ways to “cope” with or escape the traumatic memories. They often turn to self-harming behaviors, which quickly escalate out of their control. Addictive self-harming behavior is a flashing “help wanted” sign for traffickers. Learn why our children turn to self-harming behavior, how to prevent it, and how to break the addition, shutting down one common gateway for traffickers.

RIGHT TRIANGLE: MOVING THE CHILD OUT OF THE TRAUMA TRIANGLE.

Both victims of trauma and those struggling with addiction tend to control relationships through assigning the role of victim, perpetrator, and rescuer to those in their life, termed triangulation. This simplistic compartmentalization of relationships can lead to co-dependency, frustration, and early termination of treatment. This session will help professionals identify triangulation and provide them the understanding and language to stay outside of the “triangle” and to relate in a new, empowering role.

Kristen Corsetto