Southern California Sex Traffickers Targeted
By: Tami Abdollah
September 24, 2014
Retrieved from: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/24/6733144/southern-california-sex-traffickers.html
As of September 24, 2014, the federal government arrested 91 human traffickers and rescued about two dozen children in Southern California. Of the victims were twenty-two children and fifty-four women. The average range of sex workers in the U.S. is between twelve and fourteen years old. There have been one hundred and ninety seven arrests made for sex trafficking and one hundred and eight convictions in the last year. Traffickers are using social media and are in middle and high school areas to target children. Many young children who are being trafficked are children from foster care, welfare recipients, and juvenile offenders. Instead of prosecuting sex workers, officials are providing interventions such as non-profit support groups and welfare services to repair the trauma that they experienced. One woman was victimized for ten years, she was shipped across the U.S., branded as property of her traffickers, and was temporarily beaten to blindness.
It is important to understand that sex trafficking is occurring in high rates within California. It is also important to know that there are supports for women and children and that authorities are providing services to work through the trauma they endured.
This semester I am happy to finally interact with children and hope that this coming year will be full of new experiences. This is my first time working with children and after being in the CD department for the past 4 semesters I am excited to work with them on a more personal level. The only concern I have for working with the children is that I wont know how to challenge them enough or not make the activities challenging enough. As CD majors we’re are learn so much about how the education movement is shifting and learning is more about quality, so I want to give these children an experience that will help them later on in their school career.
And I of course want them to have fun and enjoy being at school.
My inspiration is a man by the name of Sir Ken Robinson. He was an educator for many years and had turned to advocating for education and students. His talks on TED talks have been shown in many classes of mine, and I would encourage everyone wanting to better themselves as possible educators to watch his talks.
As I began the semester, I was nervous about meeting new students, excited about what the new group of students and children might be like, and looking forward to working with Jillian and Celia. Every semester in the lab is a little different, and I learn something new every semester–every week. It is exciting to see what ideas and perspectives the new student teachers will bring. I am always fascinated by how a new group of children and adults adjusts to the lab and one another and makes the classroom their own. I’m looking forward the discoveries.
Throughout this semester in supervised work with children (CD 257) at HSU, I am anticipating and looking forward to countless opportunities to grow and develop as an educator, as a mentor, and as an individual. Through spending time every week with these students, we will be creating bonds that will make me more comfortable with them, as well as the child development lab environment. I have not yet been in the lab, but I am so very excited to meet the children and experience the classroom dynamic of the lab.
After reading the lab manual, talking with classmates, and engaging in classroom discussion the topic of language, and use of words is the most fascinating, as well as, most difficult for me to grasp and achieve. By focusing on modeling, rather than instructing, I will create a positive teacher-student relationship. Growing up, teachers have always had authority over me, and often times expressed their dominance in some form. That is going to be difficult to stray away from, and will most likely be a battle for my lifetime. By choosing the correct words, and not sculpting their judgment, we are able to create capable children through intrinsic motivation.
I know that the lab is centered around respecting “children as active learners who construct their knowledge through experiences that recognize and support their unique characteristics”.(pg. 1) This is a positive way to foster growth throughout a lifetime of educational pursuits. Through routine, encouragement, skilled educators, and positive reinforcement and respect, I believe that the lab will provide me with a great learning experience that will help to sculpt my teaching techniques for years to come. I am so very excited to share my experiences, thoughts, and concerns with you readers throughout my growth and development in this process. I look forward to expressing my view and letting you all in through my journey in this educational pursuit.
I look forward to gaining new knowledge of developmental levels of toddlers. I am interested in working in early intervention, and I think it is important to gain a better understanding of typical developmental settings to broaden my understanding within early intervention settings. I look forward to learning new scaffolding techniques accross multiple developmental domains and learning with the children in the CD lab.
I am part of the Monday lab, and will not start my lab until the third week of school. I am a little concerned that I wont remember where classroom items are when I begin working in the lab. Being observed also makes me a little nervous. I am sure when I am comfortable I will forget about it but it makes the introduction a little stressful for me.