Social Media and Exploitation

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Social media and the Internet can be used in a variety of different ways. At its best, a world of resources, ideas, creativity, and learning are in the palm of your hand. At its worst, social media is used to manipulate, bully, and exploit people of all ages, demographics, and backgrounds. Get more information on OCFS’s response to child trafficking and exploitation.

While young people are perhaps society’s most well-versed users of social media, they are also the most vulnerable to tactics used by exploiters and traffickers online. This page contains information about the intersection between social media and exploitation, plus resources if things go wrong.

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To report online exploitation, a missing youth missing, or report a tip:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

To report a human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation, or to report a tip:

The National Human Trafficking Hotline