#WashingtonDC . – After over 500 juveniles were reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of 2017, and a letter signed by several congressional officials requested federal assistance from the Justice Department in investigating the matter, a DC police commander, when asked, “What preventative measures can young people take, specifically so they don’t become a victim of #humantrafficking?” responded that the best advice for young people was to — “Stay home, it’s as simple as that.” It was during an interview last Wednesday with Chanel Dickerson, the new commander of the D.C. Police Youth and Family Services Division, on the Joe Clair Morning Show, when she was asked about the reasons for the seemingly large increase in missing teens – a sentiment she pushed back against – and what families can do to mitigate the issue when she gave the controversial response.
Joe Clair: What preventative measures can young people take, specifically so they don’t become a victim of human trafficking?
Dickerson: Stay home, it’s as simple as that. If they stay home, it reduces the risk. I’m not saying that’s the fix-all but that’s where we have to start. We have to start small, this is a problem and it’ll take a community effort, but we have to start small.
Community members and celebrities alike displayed disdain towards Dickerson’s advice to “stay home” to avoid the dangers of being a victim of human trafficking. Rapper #Wale took to twitter to give the D.C. police some advice, suggesting that perhaps rather than telling people to “stay home” – they should “come up with a plan.” Although DC police have claimed there was no uptick in the total of missing girls, and blamed the increased awareness of the missing teens on a broader social media campaign, community members still felt inclined to draw more attention to the issue — starting their own search committees, according to CBS report. ✋🏾More in comments👇🏾#FindOurGirls #MissingDCGirls #PedoGate #PizzaGate