Social Media as a Gateway for Youth Trafficking

Due to concerning student activities related to social media, Southern Boone administrators partnered with Detective Andrew Evans, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Cyber Crimes Taskforce, and Nanette Ward, with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, to present a series of workshops focused on increasing awareness related to youth social media use and the potential for grooming by predators with the intent of human trafficking.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force

Detective, Andrew Evans

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition

Founding Board Member, Nanette Ward

Boone County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer

Trevor Fowler

Southern Boone County R-I School District 

Superintendent, Christopher Felmlee

Sample Letter

Dear Parents, Guardians and School Community Stakeholders,

Social media is extremely popular in our culture. It can be a great way to keep in touch with family and is very popular with youth. However, it can also be a way for people with questionable backgrounds to reach out to unsuspecting youth. Recently, the school district has had several incidents were students believed they were “friending” a peer but in actuality it was a child predator. 

A parent meeting on the social media as a gateway for human trafficking our youth is scheduled for (Date), at (Time) in the High School Auditorium. We are fortunate to have Detective Andrew Evans, with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Cyber Crimes Task Force, and Nanette Ward, volunteer with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, present important information regarding how we can protect our kids and their use of social media applications, what to look for and how to respond to concerning incidents. This will be a frank and open discussion on how seemingly innocent conversations with social media can become dangerous. I highly encourage parents to attend this informational meeting. Additional information will be provided to you regarding student meetings at the high school and middle school on the topic of social media and what students can do when conversations become concerning. These student meetings will occur in late April and early May.

Thank you for your support and time!


Christopher Felmlee


Southern Boone County R-I School District 

Power Point




Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery in America

Teen’s Personal story of prostitution. A teen forced into prostitution in Oklahoma

Watch “Brianna’s Story (KGW News Channel 8)” on Vimeo:

She thought he was just a nice football star. She thought he was a great guy. But he was a predator. He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. At 18 years old, Brianna was almost sold into slavery in Seattle, Washington. This is her story.

“Do You Know Lacy?” on Vimeo:

Do You Know Lacy tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, Lacy, who was tricked on the night of her birthday. Lacy was trafficked for three years before finding escape.

Human Trafficking Survivor Tells Her Story
At 14, Holly Austin Smith (author, Walking Prey) was charmed by an older man. He convinced her to run away with him; what happened next would stick with her for the rest of her life. Duration: 3:20


The devastating film about a teenager groomed online before being raped and murdered that every parent should watch.  The five-minute film, Kayleigh’s Love Story, was made by Leicestershire Police to warn of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation.


“Recognizing the Signs of Human Trafficking in Schools” (TX School Safety Center)

Web Pages





Internet Safety Information

Additional Resources 
Labor Trafficking Fact Sheet (including child labor)
Child Victims of Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Statistics
Common Myths and Misconceptions about Human Trafficking in the U.S.
Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Parents and Guardians
Human Trafficking 101 for School Administrators and Staff
Human Trafficking of Children in the United States – A Fact Sheet for Schools
Human Trafficking of Children Indicator Tool
Human Trafficking in America’s Schools
Educators and Human Trafficking: In-Depth Review
Recognizing the Signs of Human Trafficking in Schools – A Guide for Texas Educators
Introduction to Human Trafficking: A Guide for Texas Education Professionals
Human Trafficking Indicators
Indicators of Human Trafficking
Recognize the Signs
Domestic Sex Trafficking: The Criminal Operations of the American Pimp – A Condensed Guide for Service Providers and Law Enforcement
Sex Trafficking at Truck Stops
Pimp Tactics 101
Domestic and Sexual Violence Intersections with Trafficking; Sex Trafficking Power and Control Wheel
The story of one. Trafficked Boys: Vandalized innocence hidden in plain sight
10 Tips – How to Protect Kids from Sex Trafficking Predators – by Holly Austin Smith
A Message to Teens: 10 Tip for Prevention Against Traffickers – by Holly Austin Smith
Five Things Sexually Exploited Youth Need to Thrive
16 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
Student Toolkit – Resources to Engage Your Campus to End Human Trafficking
“Trafficked” Mid-Missouri Sex trafficking survivor micro-documentary
Sex Trafficking, Christine McDonald
Lebanon, MO Minor Sex Trafficked (prosecuted case)
Mid-Missouri Minor Sex Trafficked (prosecuted case)
Mid-Missouri Minor Sex Trafficked
Foreign-born Minors Labor Trafficked in Newark, NJ Hair Braiding Salons
Wichita Teen Sex Trafficked at Truck Stops
Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Shared Hope International
Admin. For Children & Families, Dept. Of Health & Human Services, Human Trafficking
Dept. Of Homeland Security Blue Campaign
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Global Incident map
International Labour Organization
United National Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
Online Enticement – A Look at a New Epidemic (Sextortion)
90 second PSA, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (30 second and 60 second PSAs also available)
Five Days, Five Voices – Human Trafficking in America Multimedia Resource
Five Voices: The Threat Is Always There
Five Days: A Story of Human Trafficking
“Faces of Human Trafficking” Video Series, Office for Victims of Crime
Audie & Daisy (Netflix documentary)
Walking Prey – by Holly Austin Smith
Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children – by Linda Smith
The Slave Across the Street – by Theresa L. Flores
Girls Like Us – by Rachel Lloyd
The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited Through Eyes of Grace – by Christine McDonald (Also Cry Purple by same author)
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Beyond Victims and Villains – by Alexandra Lutnick

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