When reading through the various "Little Red" tales, there is one existing theme throughout them all. It is one that today, now more than ever, may be applied to our every day lives and families.
"Children, especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf. I say "wolf," but there are various kinds of wolves. There are also those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue young women at home and in the streets. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all" (Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood).
Children are often much more trusting and naive than adults, making them more susceptable to kidnappings and being taken advantage of. The idea of "don't talk to strangers" from the "Little Red" stories is key to helping modern children avoid interactions with possible perpetrators. Although, it is becoming increasingly more common for kidnappers to be close with the victim: a family member or close friend. The issue of adults taking advantage of children is much more common today and it is important for families to understand the ways to prevent abductions for occurring.
A majority of these kidnappings are for sex trafficking reasons, targeting a specific age group: 12 to 14 year old females. The FBI states that approximately 293,000 children are currently at risk to these abductions (Girls, Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery). While written early on in history, the "don't talk to strangers" method is a key method to helping reduce these numbers and help eliminate child abductions in our modern and future society.
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