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How Predators Use Social Media, Apps, Video Chatrooms and Online Games to Access, Groom, Recruit and Exploit Young People

Singleton discusses how predators use the latest social media for sex trafficking

Contact:  Opal S. Singleton, Million Kids, 951-323-0298, Opal@MillionKids.org

BEAUMONT, Calif., June 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- According to the State of California's Department of Justice, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in America (Source: oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking). The same source has confirmed that, in recent years, three out of four cases involve U.S. citizens—mostly young people who have been lured, tricked, or forced into prostitution or "sextortion." Within the pages of this author's new book, SEDUCED: THE GROOMING OF AMERICA'S TEENAGERS, ($15.99, paperback, 9781498431064; $7.99, e-book, 9781498431071) readers will discover that mankind is at a unique time in history. There is a generation of young people who have not known of life without the Internet and there are generations of parents and grandparents who are techno phobic.

Opal S. Singleton shares, "Young people live in a secret world where they hold all the power, and parents are challenged to find ways to empower their children to learn new technology, while finding ways to keep their child safe from predators."

Today, parents hand young people devices that potentially open the door to nearly one million predators (Source: www.fbi.gov/news/videos/henry_051611). The author points out that never before has there been so much competition to influence children's morals, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity, self-image, and decision-making. That used to be the role of the parent.

SEDUCED: The Grooming of America's Teenagers is all about how social media and online gaming is used to access, groom, recruit, and exploit young people. The text guides readers on how to play the defense in protecting their children and/or grandchildren from this e-epidemic.

Opal Singleton is the training and outreach coordinator for the Riverside Human Trafficking Task Force. She has worked with parents and victims of child sex trafficking for many years. She is the president and CEO of Million Kids, and works with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Opal has trained tens of thousands of government agency personnel, school administrators, corporations, civic groups, and faith-based organization about how to keep a child safe from sex trafficking. This book and her presentations are based on real cases where young people were groomed and recruited into exploitation. It is eye opening, empowering and urgent.

Retailers may order SEDUCED: THE GROOMING OF AMERICA'S TEENAGERS through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through www.MillionKids.org, xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.