Fairfax TV program to investigate teen sex trafficking in Northern Virginia

A television program made by Fairfax County public schools in cooperation with local police authorities airing Wednesday night will highlight the dangers of sex trafficking, a crime spreading in Northern Virginia.

“Tricked: Inside the World of Teen Sex Trafficking,” will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Red Apple 21, a local station in Fairfax and will also stream at the same time on the school system’s Web site.

The one-hour program is part of a larger effort by the school system to inform teens and parents about sex-trafficking in the Washington region. In 2012, five men associated with the Crips gang were arrested for attempting to lure teenage girls into prostitution in Fairfax.

In a statement, the school system said the program will provide “an opportunity for parents to view and discuss the information with their children.”

The broadcast was made in cooperation with the Prince William County police department and other social service officials. It will be distributed throughout the country to other school systems seeking to educate teens about sex trafficking.

According to a schools statement, the show “examines the techniques used to lure students into the world of sex trafficking and features first-hand testimony from both survivors and a former perpetrator. The goal of the program is to equip students and their parents with the knowledge they need to spot the signs of sex trafficking and avoid potentially dangerous situations.”

Parents and teens can contribute to an online conversation during the broadcast by using the hash tag #trickedTST on twitter between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Parts of the program will be shown in high schools across Fairfax County as part of the Family Life Education curriculum.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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