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Teaching Teens About Human Trafficking
Last week we heard from Susan Norris who is the author of Rescuing Hope, a novel for young adults about human trafficking. Her work highlights the vital task of letting children and teens know about human trafficking. Not only are they at risk of being trafficked, but they have a unique opportunity to stop trafficking among their peers. They see the lives of other teens in ways and at times that most adults do not. If they know the risks, they can protect themselves and let adults know when other kids are in vulnerable situations. Plus, teens can rally behind issues like human trafficking with a passion and energy that sometimes escapes those of us who are a bit, um, older.
UNICEF provides more tools you can use to help middle and high school students learn about human trafficking. There are lesson plans, video (example above), audio, and articles that help explain trafficking in age appropriate terms. Check them out here. The lesson plans have everything you need—objectives, vocabulary words, lists of needed materials, handouts, and a step by step plan for the lesson time, and extension activities. For example, here are the extension activities that wrap up the first lesson for high schoolers:
Have students learn more about the Convention on the
Rights of the Child (CRC) at http://teachunicef.org/explore/topic/child-rights-crc.
Have students identify the rights from the CRC that are violated in an individual case of child
trafficking (such as those provided in this unit). For a lesson featuring this activity, see UNICEF
Canada’s UNICEF Child Trafficking Unit, available on UNICEF Australia’s website at http://www.
Melissa loves merging her passions for writing and for helping provide restoration for exploited people. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Adolescent English Education and is a former middle school language arts teacher. She now works full time as an editor. Melissa has visited Freeset in Kolkata, India.
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