Our Children’s Keeper Foundation is a non-profit organization, that strives in protecting children and vulnerable individuals from sex trafficking. Our mission is raise awareness, by promoting personal safety, and providing psychological support to the families of these victims.
Our Children’s Keeper Foundation educates communities and parents about the dangers of sex trafficking. Genise Shelton the founder of Our Children’s Keeper Foundation wants people to know that it’s not just girls who are victims, and that boys are also being trafficked too. Also, it’s no longer just the creepy old guy hanging out near the middle school when the bell rings. Now children’s peers are pimps.
Engaging with families & Communities
The foundation engages with families and communities via various medium.
Our Children’s Keeper Foundation advises parents to invade their children’s privacy.
Parents must know who their children are communicating with via the internet and be aware of the sites their children are frequenting.
The foundation implores adults to be observant and aware of their surroundings.
Pay attention if you see something that doesn’t feel right.
People both young and old are encouraged to ask questions-.
When you see a child with an adult who appears to be scared
Or behaving in an awkward manner, ask the child if they’re OK.
Sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing industries within the United States. Children have been rescued by ordinary people, who are vigilant and can access their immediate environment , and deduce when an individual is in danger.
Genise recounts a story of a woman who saved a teenage girl, after witnessing her strange interaction with the adult male who brought her into a saloon to get her nails done. The woman discreetly passed the girl a note saying “Do you need help?” That note saved her life.
What is child sexual exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside clothing. It may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in the production of sexual images, forcing children to look at sexual images or watch sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet)
Like all forms of child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation can also occur through the use of technology!
Child sexual exploitation affects any child or young person (male or female) under the age of 18 years, including 16 and 17 year olds who can legally consent to have sex;
Can still be abuse even if the sexual activity appears consensual;
Can include both contact (penetrative and non-penetrative acts) and non-contact sexual activity;
Takes place in person or via technology, or a combination of both;
Involves force and/or enticement-based methods of compliance and may, or may not, be accompanied by violence or threats of violence;
Occurs without the child or young person’s immediate knowledge (through others copying videos or images they have created and posting on social media, for example);
Perpetrated by individuals or groups, males or females, and children or adults. The abuse can be a one-off occurrence or a series of incidents over time, and range from opportunistic to complex organised abuse; and
is typified by some form of power imbalance in favour of those perpetrating the abuse. Whilst age may be the most obvious, this power imbalance can also be due to a range of other factors including gender, sexual identity, cognitive ability, physical strength, status, and access to economic or other resources.
Potential indicators of child sexual exploitation
Acquisition of money, clothes, mobile phones etc without plausible explanation;
Gang-association and/or isolation from peers/social networks;
Exclusion or unexplained absences from school, college or work;
Leaving home/care without explanation and persistently going missing or returning late;
Excessive receipt of texts/phone calls;
Returning home under the influence of drugs/alcohol;
Inappropriate sexualised behaviour for age/sexually transmitted infections;
Evidence of/suspicions of physical or sexual assault;
Relationships with controlling or significantly older individuals or groups;
Multiple callers (unknown adults or peers);
Frequenting areas known for sex work;
Concerning use of internet or other social media;
Increasing secretiveness around behaviours; and
Self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being
Vulnerabilities: experiences that might make children more susceptible to child sexual exploitation
Having a prior experience of neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse;
Lack of a safe/stable home environment, now or in the past (domestic violence or parental substance misuse, mental health issues or criminality, for example); • Recent bereavement or loss; • Social isolation or social difficulties; • Absence of a safe environment to explore sexuality; • Economic vulnerability; • Homelessness or insecure accommodation status; • Connections with other children and young people who are being sexually exploited; • Family members or other connections involved in adult sex work; • Being in care (particularly those in residential care and those with interrupted care histories); and • Sexual identity.
Sexual exploitation can have links to other types of crime.
Child Trafficking | Domestic abuse | Sexual violence in intimate relationships | Grooming (including online grooming) | Abusive images of children and their distribution | Drugs-related offences | Gang-related activity | Immigration-related offences | and Domestic servitude |
Genise Shelton With Dr. Wright On Facebook Live: Sex Trafficking.
Our Children’s Keeper Foundation: Bring Our Children Home 5K & Family Fun Day .
At Our Children’s Keeper Foundation, we are dedicated to “BEING A VOICE FOR THE MISSING & VOICELESS” by providing a platform of hope for the overwhelming number of missing persons of color. Together, we can and will make a difference and bring Our Children home!
Our Children’s Keeper Foundation, Inc was created to help end modern day slavery of child sex trafficking and recover abducted and missing children in Atlanta and surrounding areas. OCK works to prevent the sexual exploitation of youth and helps current victims find confidence, strength and stability beyond the limitations of their current lifestyle.At Our Chidren’s Keeper, we are dedicated to “BEING THE VOICE FOR THE MISSING & VOICELESS” by providing a platform of hope for the overwhelming number of missing persons of color. Together, we can and will make a difference and bring OUR children home!Our Children’s Keeper is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Human trafficking has received increasing global attention over the past decade. Initially, trafficking of women and girls for forced sex work and, to a lesser extent, domestic servitude, were the sole focus of advocacy and assistance. Today, there is recognition that women, children and men are trafficked into many different forms of labour, and for sexual exploitation.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
Our Childrens Keeper Foundation provides a platform of hope for the overwhelming number of missing persons of colour. Our Childrens Keepers Foundation is designed to enable the eradication of modern slavery, and sex trafficking of vulnerable individuals of all races, and most importantly black children. The Foundation strives to locate, recover abducted and missing individuals children in Atlanta and beyond. The foundation intends to help families financially, by assisting them with private investigation & attorney fees, and sometimes burial cost.
The objective is to prevent it from happening and prevent them from being vulnerable and susceptible to certain risk factors, then this is something we can do, to help strengthen our communities.
Often, we wonder why victims of sex trafficking don’t escape when they have an opportunity-
Sex Traffickers use metal, physical and emotional abuse to keep their victims submissive. Traffickers are master manipulators and will violently threaten their families or loved ones if they ever try to escape or turn them in. Any minor used in a commercial sex act is a victim of trafficking, regardless of their willingness to engage in the act. Traffickers or pimps, which are the same does not fit a particular profile. Traffickers/pimps can be police officers, doctors, teaches, coaches, family members.
Men and boys are victims of sex trafficking, too! Females are only imagined. As victims, while men are either the traffickers or buyer. Research reportes that boys account for about 45% of child trafficking victims in New York, while another study found that boys make up about 36% of children in the U.S entered the sex trade. The stigma that males should be strong enough to fight off traffickers is why they have not been identified as victims. The fear of shame and/or being seen a weak inhibits these boys and men from speaking up when exploitation does happen.
Together, we can make a difference and bring our children home.