- iEmpathize runs program to help young people recognize signs of trafficking
- It teaches five "disguises" that a person looking to exploit someone may take on to gain trust
- "Once trust is gained, exploitation begins," explains Brad Riley
Brad Riley is the founder and president of iEmpathize, a non-profit that combats crimes against children, with a focus on prevention. Its Empower Youth Program equips young people and adults to recognize issues of exploitation. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Across the U.S., there is a movement to prioritize human trafficking prevention in our nation's communities. Schools, youth service programs, juvenile corrections services, group homes, and other youth-oriented spaces have begun to recognize their great potential to empower youth to stay safe from exploitation.