Week 37 -- "The Dangers of Human Trafficking" -- Grade 9

Week 37 -- "The Dangers of Human Trafficking" -- Grade 9

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: The dangers of human trafficking.

Brief Summary: According to DoSomething.org, an organization that fights human trafficking, between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually. The U.S. State Department says 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year and 80% of those are female and half are children. In fact, trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.  According to the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research at Arizona State University, the average age that a child is lured into prostitution is 13.  Vulnerable girls can be lured into prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation by using promises, psychological manipulation, provision of drugs and alcohol, and violence or threats of violence against family and friends.   Knowing that this is a real problem in the United States, it is important for you to be aware of the signs and how these predators go after young boys and girls so that you can protect your kids from this horrible reality.  

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • Human trafficking is a real problem here in the United States.  It is an “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited.”
  • Human trafficking happens at all levels of  socio-economic status and in all geographic locations.
  • Technology is a major “avenue” for predators to attract children as they will look for victims in chat rooms and other social networking platforms.  Additionally, these predators hang around malls, bus stops, schools, restaurants, parks and any other place where teens gather.
  • Traffickers look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. 

Continue the Conversation:

  • What are ways you can protect yourself against predators and human traffickers?
  • Why is it important to monitor social media accounts and what you make public?
  • What is exploitation and how can you avoid putting yourselves in situations where someone can take advantage of you?
  • Why do we as parent’s want to know where you are and who you are hanging out with? 
  • What’s the value of trust when it comes to open lines of communication between kids and parents?
  • What resources are available to you to get help?

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