Shopping Malls Become Scouting Places for Sex Predators

June 14, 2011
San Antonio, TX - Shopping malls and movie theaters may seem like safe places for young people to be, but quite the opposite is true. Parents who drop their children and teenagers off at these public places may be putting them at risk for sex predators and traffickers to prey on them.

Local law enforcement in San Antonio set up hidden cameras in a Northside shopping mall to spot potential victims. In the first 15 minutes of camera footage [...]

at least 18 minors were seen walking around unaccompanied by an adult. Some were in stores, in the food court or standing around in groups. Law enforcement in San Antonio talked to several of these minor, some as young as 12 and 13 years old. They said their parents drop them off at the mall almost every weekend.

This is the first thing sex predators and traffickers look for as they attempt to find new victims - they want as little resistance as possible. Without someone to watch and protect minors, they are at risk of dangerous predators finding and exploiting them.

There are approximately 800,000 children missing each year (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). There were at least 5,000 reported missing in Bexar County (San Antonio) last year.

It is important that we protect our minors to keep them out of danger of sex predators and other dangerous situations. If you are dropping your child or teenager off, make sure you know where they are going to be. Warn them of the dangers of going places unaccompanied. Always have a way to contact them and use your instincts about where you let them go. If there is any hint of danger, take them out of the situation.

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