How sex traffickers gradually groom their victims

Doug Bardwell
Feb 26, 2020

John Clark, a parent of a victim to sex trafficking, relates how insidious and how slowly traffickers begin courting your child. It’s a long game and can take years, but by developing the relationship slowly, the child doesn’t realize there’s a problem until it’s too late.

If parents take John’s advice from this infographic from Childproof America, hopefully, they can detect the pattern in time to stop it.

6 stages of grooming

See ChildProofAmerica.org for more detail and excellent safety tips.

Originally published at Stop Human Trafficking Website.

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Doug Bardwell

Writer & photographer in print & online. Doug writes and photographs architecture, construction, technology and travel.