Mexico City. / 07.30.2021 18:14:43
Within the framework of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which is commemorated on July 30, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) commented that traditional practices for hooking victims of trafficking went from falling in love to offering prizes and incentives, such as followers and likes.
During the conversation Click on the prevention against hitching people via the Internet, experts unveiled some measures for children and adolescents to avoid being victims of hookers for the purposes of trafficking, labor or sexual exploitation; they are between them block and report In the face of the security mechanisms of the social networks themselves to stalkers, maintain private profiles for access only by known people and avoid giving intimate, particular or family information.
The head of the justice program of the UNODC, Nayely Sánchez, who moderated the discussion, stressed that the best prevention tool is to be properly informed and, in this case, not to provide personal data that reveals vulnerabilities in their life or the sites they frequent.
For his part, the coordinator of the initiative Spotlight, from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), José Antonio Ruíz, commented that social media has become an important part of people’s socialization process, since they serve to make themselves known; He also pointed out that since the confinement due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, there is more contact with social networks due to school needs.
Unfortunately, he said, this has been taken advantage of by the hookers, who They have implemented new strategies to attract potential victims, such as “liking” to posts or offer followers to your accounts. “This puts us at risk because we do not know who is behind that profile,” he said when recommending security filters on social networks.
In addition, warned about the increase in the number of child victims of exploitation, when before they were girls and adolescents, so he suggested that at the first signs of blackmail or pressure, tell whoever they trust most.
For his part, the education specialist of the UNODC global cybercrime program, Jordi Martin, carried out an exercise with the drivers of transformation to show how easy it is to use stories in which truths are mixed with lies and pressure mechanisms to attract potential victims of trafficking.
He pointed out that bullies use connection points, using vulnerabilities or emotions, that is, what pleases or makes the victim happy, to trick them into doing what they want, through psychological pressure, the offer of benefits or awards; warned that all people are vulnerable, so there should be awareness about the theft of information, no matter how minimal.
He recommended not to share personal information, photos or videos; do not accept strangers as contacts; avoid age-inappropriate networks, and recalled that cybercriminals take advantage of vulnerabilities, such as low self-esteem, to take their victims. “On the Internet we leave a mark, so Before publishing something, we must ask ourselves: is the information or image that I am going to share safe? Is it important?How will it make me or other people feel in the future? ”He explained.
On the occasion, the leader of security and well-being in users for Latin America of Facebook, María-Cristina Capelo, detailed the different protection mechanisms that the social network has put in place and the important investments in artificial intelligence models to prevent contact of adults with minors; likewise, he asked users maintain their profile with access only for friends, as well as block and report those who harass them or ask to do something they do not want, how to take and send photos.
He also invited to visit the site: facebook.com/seguridad to know the resources available to the social network to avoid being victims of stalkers, and stressed the importance of reporting those who harass or intimidate, because in this way the community in which they participate will be safer; recognized the promoters of the DIF transformation for helping to spread, among children and adolescents throughout the country, useful information for your community on topics as important as the use of social networks.
While the general director of regulations, promotion and dissemination of the rights of girls, boys and adolescents of the DIF, Lizbeth Rosas Montero, shared a decalogue to protect yourself from falling in love as a hitch, comprising the following points:
- Let your family know that you need care and love.
- Set limits.
- Accept that not everything has to go well.
- Tolerates loneliness and boredom.
- Stop doing what others want.
- Choose who you want to have a relationship with.
- Escape from relationships that hurt you.
- Respect and love your body and your person.
- Give yourself the opportunity and time to do your life projects.
He urged to report any risk situation to the telephones 5530032200, extensions 4429 and 5318 of the DIF, or 088 of the National Guard, available 24 hours a day.
Finally, the international communication coordinator of the Civil Association, End of Slavery, Cassandra Murillo, presented the Report Line I protect you, which provides a link with authorities, including international ones, such as Interpol, to report cases of harassment, sexual exploitation and human trafficking, through the platform www.teprotejomexico.org; tHe also recommended the use of the security line and the trust chat of the Citizen Council of Mexico City, through the line 800 5533 000 or 55335533.