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Human trafficking should be taught in school

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

www.humantrafficking.org/updates/819

[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

www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/11/28/sais

[accessed 22 February 2016]

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

www.endslaverynow.org/blog/articles/anti-trafficking-education-in-high-schools

[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.