Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery
Resources for Classroom Presentations to students 10 to 12 years-old
Some of the published articles listed below may prove to be useful in preparing talks intended for youth, 10 to 12 years-old. They were culled from the Human Trafficking Lecture Resources page, and made suitable for this age group by removing articles with references to sexual activity, violence and other topics that may not be suitable or interesting to 10 to 12-year-olds. Innovative educational programs in the public schools may be key to solving part of the problem by reducing the scale of local domestic trafficking. If we can teach children, in a sensitive way, about how they may be targeted for kidnapping and slave labor, and how to raise a fuss and get help from people around them when/if they sense that they are being entrapped, their chances of escape are greatly enhanced.
Deception of Parents - Burkina Faso
Children saved from 'slavery'
Agence France-Presse AFP,
[accessed 24 January 2011]
The traffickers had managed to win
the confidence of the children's parents by convincing them that the
youngsters were to be taken to
Many Muslim children from
The official daily Sidwaya reported that the real fate of such victims,
snatched in several provinces in
of Parents -
Written statement from Anti-Slavery International for agenda item 13 of the provisional agenda
UN Economic and Social Council, Commission
on Human Rights, 56th Session,
At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]
[accessed 5 September 2011]
good money and training in order to persuade the parents to send their
children abroad. However, after the children arrive in
Even where children
are rescued from these conditions, they are likely to encounter feelings of
alienation from their own family and culture and must undergo a long and
difficult task of reintegration.
of Victims -
Trafficking of men appears in border provinces
[accessed 15 August 2012]
Two months ago, a
woman came to Phu’s hamlet to recruit workers to
women is popular but trafficking of men is still very strange to both the
people and state agencies. Young boys like Diu and Phu
want to denounce the woman who sold them to
Disappearances – Children & Adults -
Amnesty International, Index Number: AMR 29/004/2003, 28 July 2003
[accessed 24 February 2015]
Thousands of people
Some were taken to
orphanages and other institutions, others were held
at military bases or kept in the houses of the soldiers and their families.
Yet others were put up for adoption (both within the country and abroad).
These are the disappeared children of
of Children -
Chocolate and Slavery: Child Labor in
Samlanchith Chanthavong, Trade & Environment Database TED Case Studies Number 664, 2002
[accessed 20 February 2011]
[accessed 12 June 2017]
SLAVERY AND THE
LINK TO CHOCOLATE - Slave traders are trafficking boys ranging from the age
of 12 to 16 from their home countries and are selling them to cocoa farmers
of Children -
Helping Children Reclaim Their Lives [PDF]
14 February 2006
[accessed 28 December 2010]
- Commercial agriculture in
of Children -
Human Rights Watch, 1 April 2003
[accessed 30 December 2010]
Boys worked from as
early as 5:00 a.m. until late at night, sometimes with hazardous equipment
such as saws or machetes. Some described conditions of bonded labor, whereby
their trafficker would pay for their journey to
Forced Begging - Bulgaria & Greece
Human Trafficking Scheme from Bulgaria Busted in Greece
Sofia News Agency, August 16, 2012
[accessed 17 August 2012]
Police in Greece have cracked a network for human trafficking from Bulgaria, in which Bulgarians were forced to beg.
The undisclosed number of Bulgarians were held in an apartment in the central Greek city of Larissa.
The Bulgarians were among the country's poor, and were lured with promises for work in Greece. After that, they were forcefully held, were made to beg in various European countries, and were severely beaten at each attempt to escape.
Greek police discovered the network, after a 58-year-old male Bulgarian was hospitalized after being abandoned outside the city following such a beating.
Romanian Premier Interviewed in 'Le Monde'
Radio Free Europe/Radio
[accessed 5 February 2011]
 ROMANIAN PREMIER INTERVIEWED IN 'LE MONDE' - Prime Minister Adrian Nastase said in an interview to the French daily "Le Monde" on 2 August that Romania finds itself in an "extremely delicate and difficult situation" as a result of the Romany criminal networks allegedly engaging in human trafficking and forcing handicapped children into begging in France.
Guinea-Bissau-Senegal: On the child trafficking route
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks IRIN, Bafata, 23 November 2007
[accessed 1 March 2015]
Children, brought from
- In 2004, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated there were up to 100,000
child beggars in
Children in Poor Countries Need Help
International Herald Tribune, July 29, 2010
[accessed 4 December 2011]
YEMENI CHILDREN TO
How to get Help - USA
Anti-Human Trafficking Resources - 888-3737-888
[accessed 8 January 2011]
VICTIMS - If you are a victim, or believe you might be a victim, of human trafficking, seek help. The toll-free National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline is available to answer calls in over 170 languages from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Call for help. Call with questions - Any time - Any language - 888-3737-888
Call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency
Xinhua News Agency, July 25, 2007
[accessed 28 January 2011]
raided a human trafficking ring and arrested nine people for kidnapping and
selling children in northwestern and central
snatched more than 20 children and sold some in Hongtong
county in the
Xinhua said two of the kidnappers, Wang Aizhong and Li Caimei, tricked kids to get on to their motorcycle on their way to school or broke into houses to snatch babies.
Powell Cites Exploitation In 10 Nations
Associated Press AP, June 15, 2004
[accessed 17 February 2011]
Khan was 11 years
old when she was kidnapped from her home in the hill country of
Labor - Adult - Vietnam
Boycott "Blood Cashews" From Vietnam
Press Release, BPSOS - Boat People SOS, June 13, 2012
[accessed 27 December 2012]
At a recent hearing before the US Congress, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Executive Director of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), reported that Vietnamese prisoners, including political prisoners, have similarly been subjected to forced labor: "One Montagnard, jailed from 2002 through 2009, had to do this for 7 years. His hands were injured by the caustic resin from the cashew nuts because he was not allowed to wear gloves."
Speaking for CAMSA, Mr. Vu Quoc Dung, Secretary General of Germany-based International Society for Human Rights, denounces the dangerous cashew work in prisons such as the Z30A Prison in Xuan Loc, where political prisoners are forced each to process 32 kg of class B cashews daily. Some prisoners have developed blindness as a result. Many have suffered injuries to their faces and hands. Those failing to meet the assigned quota would be beaten with a whip and kicked. Political prisoners who oppose forced labor have reportedly been shackled and held in solitary confinement.
Afghan carpet weavers are unpaid slaves, rights activist says
Syrian Arab News Agency
[accessed 18 January 2011]
- Child -
Global March Worst Forms of Child Labour Report 2005
The US Dept. of Labor's 2003 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour
[accessed 16 August 2012]
CHILD SLAVERY - . In a recent raid by the police, Bolivian boys were discovered working as slaves in an Argentine factory; These boys were forced to work 19-hour shifts, they are prohibited from leaving, and they are often beaten to keep up the pace. Authorities are still investigating how these undocumented youths slipped past the border. The minors continued to work for almost two years, still receiving no pay, and falling into further debt imposed by their 'owners.' All too often those who risk coming to the city center find themselves working in factory jobs in conditions of contemporary slavery.
- Child -
Human Rights Watch Reports,
[accessed 3 February 2011]
Each year over one
million children between the ages of seven and twelve are hired by
- Child -
Media for Freedom,
-- Source: www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=3055
[accessed 23 February 2011]
An orphan from an
early age, Madan Karki (name changed),14, used to
work at his uncle's small farm in Jeevanpur of Dhading District, 50 kilometer west of capital. Madan's
job was to take the cattle for grazing the whole day. One day, a family
friend approached him with offer for work at his home in
However, the man
instead engaged him at a carpet factory in
After working in
harsh conditions for about eight months in the factory, Madan –who was not
paid - fled the factory to work as a helper in a gas tempo. Now, he earns
about Rs 1000 (approximately $15) a month. Madan's
case is not a unique one as this is the reality of many child workers in
- Child -
Children working in
[accessed 22 December 2010]
BLESSINGS - Undoubtedly, the children number several thousands, and many of them get the blessing of their parents, who have come to see them as breadwinners of the impoverished families. Over the past few days, I have been visiting the mine sites here and what I see is incredible. The children aged between seven and 16 go to the mines as early as 0800 and work through to 1800. They do hard labour, like digging in soil and gravel, before sifting with a pan for gemstones and shifting heavy mud believed to contain diamonds.
- Child -
The Curse of Cotton:
International Crisis Group,
[accessed 16 January 2011]
[accessed 5 October 2016]
The economics of
Central Asian cotton are simple and exploitative. Millions of the rural poor work for little
or no reward growing and harvesting the crop.
Forced and child labor and other abuses are common. Schoolchildren are still regularly required
to spend up to two months in the cotton fields in
Child trafficking takes new forms in Southeast Asia
Rafael D. Frankel, Special to The Christian
Science Monitor, Battambang
[accessed 26 January 2011]
When he was 12, his
parents in rural
"The trafficker told my parents he would send them $55 a month," the boy says. "But I would earn $18 or $25 every day or night I begged."
Over the next three
years, the boy escaped twice and made his way home. But the trafficker found
him, repurchased him, and took him back to
Gem industry in need of regulation
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks IRIN, Ilakaka, 17 September 2003
[accessed 19 February 2011]
One of the most
disturbing aspects of
The report noted
that children are often exposed to very serious dangers and can, for example,
die of suffocation if the mine caves in.
Dominique Rakotomanga, who works for IPEC in
Kathmandu, OneWorld South
[accessed 9 December 2010]
"Between 15 and 20 percent of the families declared free have returned to the same old practice of slavery," says Dilli Chaudhary, president of an NGO called Backward Society Education.
Bonded labourers in
Under the practice, once indebted, the labourer and his heirs are 'bonded' to the landlord. They had to actually reside on the landlord's property until the debt was completely repaid, which seldom happened.
Slavery in the Home - Domestics - Cameroon to USA
Beatings, Isolation and Fear: The Life of a
Slave in the
Pierre Thomas, Jack Date and Theresa Cook, ABC News, May 21, 2007
[accessed 26 January 2011]
Evelyn Chumbow was once a slave, but not in some distant
country. She worked right here in the
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