Human Trafficking

Raising Awareness & Preventing Victimization

To download the complete Human Trafficking module, click on the button below, where you will be prompted to download the module in PDF form.

Additionally, individual lesson plans of the module are available below.

 Girls Only! Session

Girls Only! Session

Lesson: No Means Yes...?

Length of lesson: 60 - 90 minutes

Girls are taught to say “no” and boys are taught to be persistent because “she wants it.” Across the United States, age of consent ranges state-by-state from 16 to 18 years old. 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate both sex education and HIV education, but only 13 states require that the instruction be medically accurate (Sex and HIV Education, Guttmacher Institute, 09/01/2017). However, although this activity is not intended to provide comprehensive sex education, it does address a fundamental element of sexual intimacy, which is consent.  

When discussing the elements of consent to children, mutual respect, meeting of the minds, and the absence of force, coercion, and deception should be integral components of the conversation. Unfortunately, children are continuously receiving harmful mixed messages about romantic relationships that normalize aggressive behavior and even violence. 

Lesson: Talk PANTS

Length of lesson: 60 minutes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused during childhood before the age of 18 (2005). A majority (82%) of victims of child sexual abuse are girls (Snyder, 2000). One in four women report having been sexually assaulted while attending college (Association of American Universities, 2015) and an estimated one in fifteen men are sexually assaulted while attending college (KnowYourIX.org).

What is child sexual abuse? “Children cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. Child sexual abuse can range from fondling or sexual touch, to any form of oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse, to sex trafficking. Child sexual abuse also does not require physical contact between the abuser and the child. Showing children obscene images, exposing oneself to a minor or convincing the minor to expose themselves in person or over the internet, exchanging sexually obscene messages, are all forms of abuse as well.”

Lesson: Pinocchio and Cinderella Labor Trafficking

Length of lesson: 60 minutes

Similar to slavery that existed in the U.S. before the Civil War, human trafficking involves forcing other people to work for an exploiter’s own financial gain. It is often referred to as a form of modern-day slavery. According to the International Labor Organization, there are approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking/ modern day slavery in the world today. This means that more slaves exist today than at any other time in human history.

 

 

 

 

Lesson: Sex Trafficking. Who are the Victims? 

Length of lesson: 60 - 90 minutes

Begin by explaining that today you will be talking about something very serious that requires maturity, and that the Participants are there because they have demonstrated that they are capable of handling such a mature and sensitive discussion. Make sure to explain to the girls, thoroughly, that although this topic may seem scary, the purpose is not to scare them, but instead to educate them. Human Traffickers or pimps, prey upon the most vulnerable, oblivious or naïve by methods of force, coercion or fraud. By being informed, you are empowering yourself to be more resilient against becoming a victim of sex trafficking.

 

Lesson: Pimps and Hos

Length of lesson: 30 minutes

Pimps use power, control, trust, coercion, fraud, threats, force, or deception to prostitute someone for financial gain. Per the law, pimps are sex traffickers. The justice system has criminalized the violence, threats and manipulation pimps employ to keep women and children under their control, and many pimps have gone to prison for 20 or more years for sex trafficking.

It is important that the girls are educated that a pimp is not a positive nickname or slang term; a pimp is someone who is a violent criminal.

Lesson: The Words We Use. Sex Trafficking  

Length of lesson: 60 Minutes

Present the following vocabulary words, each one written on its own piece of poster paper for the participants to see. Ask, “Who has heard of...”and request the meanings or examples while recording Participants’ responses:

  • Exploitation
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Prostitution
  • Human Trafficking
  • Pimp/Pimping
  • Coercion

 

Lesson: Music and Lyrics

Length of lesson: 20 minutes

Just as the word “pimp” has lost it’s true meaning by cultural terms and slang, sex trafficking also has been portrayed in a distorted sense in the media. With the strong influence of media on young minds and their everyday life, it is important that Participants are aware of how sex trafficking is glamorized in the media and its true dangers.

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson: Gangs

Length of Lesson: 45 Minutes

Girls as young as ages 8 to 12 are vulnerable to the influences of direct and indirect gang involvement. Girls who live in low-income neighborhoods and have family members or friends involved in gang activity are most susceptible to the consequences of gang related activity. Gang involvement for females can include being a full member of a female gang or an integrated gang, being a “homegirl” associated with a gang, being prostituted to make money for a gang, a recruit to find others to be prostituted for a gang or being an alibi for crimes committed by gang members. The OJJDP reports, “though most females join gangs for friendship and self-affirmation, recent research has begun to shed some light on economic and family pressures motivating many young women to join gangs.”

Lesson: Walk in My Shoes

Length of lesson: 30 minutes

Sex trafficking is an ill reality in today’s society. It is important that the girls are aware that anyone can be a victim. By empowering girls to be aware and make positive choices in life, they can prevent themselves from becoming victims in many circumstances. However for some girls, the victimization may have already taken place. Explain to the girls the importance of making the right choices and staying away from dangerous situations such as being around gangs or pimps, in order to reach their goals, dreams and a healthy life.