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Freedom Youth Project Foundation- announces an initiative aimed at combating Human Trafficking through prevention training designed specifically for high target victims. In America, Human Trafficking affects adults and minors, and can exist in the form of labor or sex-trafficking.  The single largest demographic affected is girls 12 - 14 years of age. Boys, in this same age group, comprise about 20 percent of underage victims.

Over Two Years in the Making -- Over two years was devoted to developing prevention strategies to teach youth how to recognize the deception Traffickers employ to lead youth into the "trafficked life."

"All trafficking begins with deception
The best way to prevent someone from becoming a victim 
is to teach them to instantly recognize deception 
when it happens face-to-face and online." 

The deception and manipulation skills traffickers often employ would make you think they have had advanced psychological training.  They are so good at it, abduction into "the life" of being trafficked is passive.  Victims almost always go willingly from a safe location to somewhere else, where they are trapped.

While the information presented doesn’t shy away from tough facts, the purpose is not to frighten but to empower. Empowerment is provided through teaching of choices and recognition of danger signs. 

Easy to Learn, Remember & Use
The result was a ground breaking training called 
Liars and Posers 
TM .  Liars And Posers TM  utilizes mnemonic device to create an easy to remember system when out in the "real-world."  The words L.I.A.R.S. (and) P.O.S.E.R.S. are acronym words  in which each letter stands for a Red Flag of Deception.  L.I.A.R.S. are the first letters of red flags one would recognize in face-to- face encounters with a predator.  P.O.S.E.R.S. are the first letters of red flags of deception used when encountering a predator online, such as with social media or in chat rooms.   Liars And Posers TM  also teaches how choices impact how attractive someone is as a target.  Since its initial development, versions of Liars And Posers TM  training have been adapted for foster youth, foster parents, educators, and social service professionals. 

"Traffickers are quite skillful at picking naive targets
finding and exploiting weaknesses, deception and 
manipulation.  Their methods are so good they get 
victims to go with them willingly." 

Designed for Young Audiences
Training meant for adults is typically loaded with bullet points, facts and statistics, which are ineffective with younger audiences.  Liars and PosersTM was specifically designed with a younger audience in mind.  Younger audiences have more of a sound-byte attention-span.  This training utilizes what we call "discussion clouds" as seen on the first and second images below.  Discussion clouds encourage participants to "seek" and "discover" information which is presented in more of a discussion format.  Facts and Statistics actually fly-in to the screen in a sort of "information-byte" format using what we call "Snippits" and "Factoids."   In addition, Liars and PosersTM incorporates actual video footage of victims discussing "how it happened to me," which makes the issue real and provides first-person perspective.

Sample Images from Training

Researched Content and Design
Our prevention initiative project spanned many cases from all over the nation.  It included documenting the many ways that Traffickers approachconnect and deceive their victims.  By reviewing a large sample of cases, it was possible to identify patterns which could be used to detect deception.  The result was a simple-to-learn system developed for youth to teach them how to protect themselves by detecting deception.

Our research goes far beyond understanding human trafficking, as well as including best practices in designing prevention training for youth.  Because Liars and PosersTM is first and foremost prevention training, we had to identify the behaviors and choices that put youth at risk.   True prevention training incorporates:

  • Learning choices that make youth targets
  • Recognizing a friend from a fake-friend 
  • Recognizing manipulation.  
  • Simple system for detecting deception
  • Detecting deception
  • Disconnecting when approached
  • Using the internet and social media safely
 Freedom Youth Project Foundation has developed connections and collaborative relations with all the agencies and components involved in combating Human Trafficking, including federal/state/local  law enforcement, prosecution, juvenile probation, legislators, service providers, and sexual abuse victims. Research of past and current cases of trafficking accounts has enabled Freedom Youth Project to compile details related to deception, manipulation, fraud and abduction to develop an effective training program. This program teaches pre-teens, teens and young adults how to detect deception from predators and how to safely disengage when approached.  

"Traffickers rely exclusively on the pool of naive targets 
to find their next victims.  Liars And Posers transforms
youth from being naive easy targets into savvy difficult targets."

Liars and Posers - Human Trafficking Training is based on the notion that we cannot make the path safe for today's youth, but we can prepare them for the path. It is designed to empower families and youth by taking them "off-the-market" to predators. It is delivered in a seminar format for pre-teens and teens and empowers them with knowledge to keep them safe from the tactics of traffickers. The seminar provides a clear understanding of the issue of Human Trafficking in America and how it affects youth in America.   

Our development team has created adaptations of this training for:
School districts, Faith-based youth groups, Foster youth, Foster parents, Social Service providers

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While the information presented doesn’t shy away from tough facts, the purpose is not to frighten, but to empower. Empowerment is provided through teaching of choices and recognition of danger signs. 

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