Your safety in Las Vegas
By: Anna Yeranosian, reporter
Las Vegas is known for its tourism, gambling, and shopping centers. It might be a great place visit but it can be a dangerous city as well. Las Vegas has a higher crime rate than the national average, both for property crime and violent crime. There are areas that you need to be careful in, and not many people are aware of it. Las Vegas’ west side has a history of gang violence and high-profile gangs have been known to still be active. Some gangs are named for neighborhoods they are active in which can be a safety tip when traveling, or just hanging out as a local. Besides gangs, there is alot of human trafficking in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) said human trafficking is a problem in the Las Vegas valley, year-round. It isn’t uncommon and what is worse is that human traffickers rarely look suspicious. Las Vegas’ FOX5 article states “Their targets are usually teenagers. ‘They’re approached by someone who makes them feel pretty and has all the right things to say to them,’ Greene said.” Teenagers which are in high school are the main target which is why It is important to be aware of your surroundings and take extra precautions to be safe.
Social media is another way human traffickers can contact and easily find you, they can groom you, and convince you to meet with them. This is the main reason why social media does not allow children under the age of 13 to access it’s features. You can protect yourself in person by sticking with a friend group when in public and on social media regarding these obstacles. Police said it may start with a flattering encounter in-person, then traffickers hope to continue the conversation online. Most teenagers know of this behavior and can easily tell when the person they are talking to isn’t their actual age. Freshman Allison Iwase said “There have been numerous incidents where the people I talked to online lied about their age, and I never found out until months after”. This shows how easily teenagers can be fooled and get trapped in danger. Small lies like that can cause big incidents.
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