Background: In 2017, 40% of the victims in reported human trafficking cases in Iowa involved minors. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, factors that make children particularly vulnerable to trafficking include a history of abuse, patterns of running away, and an unstable home life or involvement in the child welfare system. Perpetrators often target children, believing their age makes them easier to manipulate and control, and recruit them in schools, parks and other public places, foster care or group homes, and through social media. Yet human trafficking is still a largely hidden problem, and requires a heightened awareness to understand the warning signs. Human trafficking can happen anywhere at any time and look different each time.
How will you address the issue of human trafficking and ensure the broad-based training needed to educate all Iowans that serve, teach, protect, respond or utilize our natural resources?