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Bribery Lure

The age-old lure of bribery still works. Young children are offered candy and toys; older children are tempted with sports equipment, compact discs, alcohol and drugs, or - most effective of all - money. Bribes are used to persuade children to go willingly with a potential abductor or as a reward for tolerating abuse or keeping it secret.

Prevention
Explain that a good secret (like a surprise party) is one that is eventually told. A bad secret is one that makes you feel upset or that you are afraid to tell Bad secrets should be told to parents immediately.

Teach children that what seems like a gift may be a bribe to lure them into danger. A sincere gift has no strings attached and should not be kept secret. Parents, be alert to unexplained gifts. Find out who gave these items: when, where and why? Remind children that no amount of money or gifts is worth risking their personal safety.

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