This video is a must-see. It’s about a VR project called TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story, a narrative story that empowers its users to help stop human trafficking. Why is this a must-see? Because the danger is in every town, not just bad neighborhoods or foreign countries. With this VR experience, parents and teachers will be able to use this non-profit tool to educate students about how to recognize when they or a friend are being groomed by a perpetrator.
“Knowing how to identify a victim could save their life, and we want you to have a lasting empathetic experience when you are learning these signs,” says Billy Joe Cain, President of Radical Empathy Education Foundation (REEF) . “When people care about something, they remember it much longer. We are giving them the tools to stop exploitation.”
Users of TRAPPED enter into the story of Lisa, an ordinary 14-year old girl who meets her boyfriend online and is slowly turned into his victim.
“A couple of years ago, my wife and I found out that our kids were actually being groomed by a sex predator. That blew our minds,” Cain says in the video, explaining how this project got started.
“The world needs a grassroots effort to end human trafficking,” he says. “Think about Mothers Against Drunk Driving. That’s the level of impact I want to have.” Cain has been traveling all over the US demonstrating TRAPPED and has stated that he is committed to finding a way to expand to other organizations or schools.
More information about this project is available on REEL’s website.
I learned about this from Raising Awareness Of Human Trafficking Through VR on the website VR Scout.
© 2019 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries