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Human trafficking should be taught in school

Adapted from: Tina Santos, "Human trafficking should be taught in school." 24 November 2007

[accessed 22ugust 2011]

If this NBI chief agent had his way, the problem of human trafficking and how not to be caught in the traffickers’ snares would be discussed among schoolchildren.

"Law enforcers should go to primary and secondary schools to educate kids, especially young girls, on human trafficking," said Ferdinand Lavin, chief of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division.

“The campaign should be focused on grades five to high school because these minors are often the target of syndicates," he added in a recent informal chat with reporters. He said the campaign should be mounted with the help of Department of Education officials.

Studying Human Trafficking

Elia Powers, Inside Higher Ed, November 28, 2007

[accessed 22 February 2016]

[accessed 15 April 2019]

As recently as 15 years ago, the academic study of human trafficking was, for all purposes, nonexistent. In a sign of how much times have changed, dozens of faculty members and legal experts packed into Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies Tuesday to discuss ways to turn recent interest in the subject into material to be woven into college curriculums.

“Hundreds of thousands of students who will be lawyers, doctors, legislators and policy makers should know something about the trafficking of persons,” said Mohamed Mattar, executive director of the Protection Project. “There’s a demand for courses, and every student should study it as part of the curricula.”

Anti-Trafficking Education in High Schools

Katie Talbott, End Slavery Now, 28 October 2015

[accessed 21 October 2016]

AS AN ORDINARY PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING? -- My gift is teaching, so at my school, interested students and I formed an anti-human trafficking club that meets once a week. In meetings we go over the signs to look for in a potential victim of human trafficking. We educate ourselves on the different types of trafficking, on what fair trade means, on the United Nations’ Blue Heart Campaign and other ways to bring awareness. We develop PowerPoints and other educational materials that we use in presentations. We then educate other clubs in our school, of which there are around 40, about the horrors of human trafficking and ways they can get involved. It’s important to remember to always end presentations with a positive call to action. Students learning about the terrible crime of human trafficking can feel overwhelmed and helpless. But if you point out how they can get involved and help, you will create modern-day abolitionists instead. Always remember to educate, equip and empower.

How to Teach Teens About Human Trafficking

Alexandra Pannoni, Staff Writer, U.S.News, 21 Feb 2017

[accessed 15 April 2019]

It's critical for schools to educate staff and students about human trafficking, Littrell says. There could be student victims or others being recruited. Schools are filled with caring adults who have relationships with students who can help young people in need of assistance, she says.

High school officials can use the following strategies to build awareness of human trafficking …

Human Trafficking in America's Schools

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

[accessed 15 April 2019]

Schools can and should be safe havens for students, and even more so for some students whose lives are otherwise characterized by instability and lack of safety or security. In these cases, school personnel are uniquely well positioned to identify and report suspected abuse and connect students to services—actions that can prevent trafficking and even save lives. Everyone who is part of the school community—administrators, teachers, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, food service staff, resource officers, and other school community members—has the potential to be an advocate for child victims of human trafficking, but, first, school community members must learn the indicators of the crime, its warning signs, and how to respond when a student is an apparent victim

Cambodia adds human trafficking lessons to schools

Matt Blomberg, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Phnom Penh, 24 December 2020

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The pandemic has also given rise to a new wave of trafficking to Thailand, where more than one million Cambodians work illegally, including thousands trapped by debt bondage in the fishing, farming and manufacturing sectors.

The new lessons will help students understand the different forms of human trafficking, the roles of schools and communities in prevention, and the relevant laws and rights, the deputy head of the Cambodian government’s counter-trafficking agency said.

“Education is part of prevention,” said Chou Bun Eng, whose office developed the lessons with the education ministry and will train teachers to deliver them.

“If people still hesitate ... to protect vulnerable people, then there is no way to stop the damage.”