The Norman Transcript


January 9, 2013

Detective talks trafficking facts

FBI task force member provides child safety tips



Kemmet said the Salvation Army is a major provider of much-needed victim services addressing the post-intervention issue.

“When you hear of organizations focusing on victim services, that’s great, but those saying they’re going to go out and find a problem is very different and often mucks up cases for investigators,” Kemmet said. “This huge influx of public scrutiny and fundraising for anti-human trafficking efforts has caused a lot more hurt than help because the vultures are all over it.

“If you hear an organization wanting money for human-trafficking response, ask for case numbers, victims’ names that they’ve already helped and find out which agency investigated the case.”

During questions from the audience, Kemmet shared valuable tips for parents about how to protect their families from child predators, based on the police force’s high-tech mapping, surveillance and extensive presence online.

“Facebook is not a great target market for predators because a vast majority of under-aged Facebook users have daily interaction/connection with adult family members who can see what the child is posting and who they’re talking to,” Kemmet said.

A real danger that many parents may be unaware of is bumper stickers on the family vehicle.

“During surveillance of an online conversation between two child predators, one revealed that the bumper stickers on a family vehicle gave him everything he needed to know to pose as a family friend of his targeted victim: how many kids are in the family, what sports they play, their numbers, names, everything,” Kemmet said. “All the information he needs to approach a kid when they’re alone, dropped off at practice, etc. is on the back of Mom’s car.”

Above all, Kemmet emphasized that the best way for parents to protect children against “real-world” and online predators is open communication and trust.

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