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Dangers of social media

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, February 27, 2015

YOUTHS from 22 districts in the Nadroga and Navosa region were told of the dangers of social media and how it could be used as a platform to lure young people into drugs, child and human trafficking.

Leading the discussions on human trafficking were representatives from Pacific Dialogue who have been conducting awareness campaigns of the issue over the past three months.

Acting CEO Patricia Kailola said they encountered incidences of parents who were worried about their teenage children.

"We don't have a lot of real information from Sigatoka at the moment but from what we've gathered so far, parents are mainly concerned about things like their young going to nightclubs in Sigatoka Town. They're also concerned about young people on their mobile phones a lot and having access to social media like mobile Facebook.

"Older people don't know what they are doing and some of them have even raised concerns about a lot of the young people hanging out with tourists.

"Our main target right now is to raise awareness because the key things about human traffickers is that they target areas that have a lot of poverty, unemployment," Ms Kailola.

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