Education Resource ~ Step 3

Posted in September 1st, 2016

why-is-trafficking-wrongStep 3: RECOGNITION

Key question: Why is human trafficking wrong?
By the end of Step 3 students will have explored and understood a range of opinions about the issue of human trafficking.

Phase 1: Gathering others’ opinions

Ask students to re-read their journals to recall the comments made in interviews with family, friends and neighbours. Did any judgements emerge about the issue of human trafficking in these interviews? Eg “People have a right to be safe.” “This is a human rights issue.” Etc.

Students are now to examine a range of opinions in the public domain on the ‘appropriateness’ of human trafficking. Divide students into small groups and assign each group a minimum of two texts. It is important to ensure that more than one group are given the same text so that when analysis is undertaken, there is additional feedback to be shared.

Select from the following collection:

Prime Minister Announces New Program to Combat Human Trafficking

Bill to Combat People Trafficking a Good Start

Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

Australian Government’s Response to Human Trafficking

Australian Government Debate November 2012

Obama rails against ‘modern slavery’ of trafficking

Tackling Violence Against Women and Children

Twenty-first Century Slavery – The Human Rights Dimension to Trafficking in Human Beings”

Angelina Jolie presents Inhuman Traffick

Gaudium et Spes par 27

US Conference of Catholic Bishops statement

Papal Statement on Human Trafficking – “People on the Move”

Catholic Social Teaching on Human Trafficking

Catholic Church fights human trafficking & slavery

World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July)

Pope Francis: Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity

World’s faith leaders sign up to stamp out modern slavery

Australian Faith Leaders Launch the Australian Freedom Network

‘No Longer Slaves but Brothers and Sisters’, Message of pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 2015

Pope Francis denounces exploitation of migrant workers

End Human Trafficking: The White House

Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2015

8 February: First World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action  against Human Trafficking

Sr Angela Reed rsm speaks at UN on Human Trafficking

The ACRATH website provides other suitable general statements on this issue, which you may like to include. You might find other appropriate material in your own research, especially in daily newspapers etc.

Phase 2: Examining others’ opinions

This activity aims to assist students to consider the various opinions, the authoritativeness of those opinions and the value base from which they originate. Ask students to explain to the class the different texts that they read and examined. Create a classroom chart on which statements made by each of the individuals/groups/institutions are summarized by the student groups in one key sentence or key quote. Students should articulate why that person or group sees human trafficking as wrong. The teacher is to lead a discussion with the class about the general conclusions that can be drawn from the information on the chart. The following is an example:

Name of Document/TextPerson/GroupRole in SocietyPrincipal Argument/Key QuoteValue/Basis for Argument
Obama rails against ‘modern slavery’ of traffickingBarak ObamaUS PresidentThere is no place for slavery in a civilised worldEndangers public health; promotes violence and organised crime


Phase 3: Researching an organisation

Students are required to choose an organization, using the ACRATH site. Examine its stand on the issue and what work it is doing. Organisations that could be researched include:

ACRATH AFESIP Cambodia   Anti Slavery Australia
FTANZ   (Fair Trade Aus & NZ) Hagar Australia Medaille Trust
Project Respect Red Cross Support for Trafficked Program Renate
RUHAMA Shakti Stop the Traffik 
Talitha Kum  Truckers Against Trafficking US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking 


  • Name of organization and where is it based?
  • Why was this organization set up?
  • Summarise what work is done in the name of this organization

Where students show interest and have time, they could compare the Australian organisation with that of an international agency: purpose of agency, work done by the agency etc.

Students discuss the key question, Why is Trafficking Wrong? by:journal_icon

  • Reviewing all work done so far,
  • Some journal writing
  • Talking with others in their class
  • Talking with their teachers
  • This can be synthesized by a video (or group art work, rap song etc) which humanizes the trafficked person. There must be evidence of elements of the learnings so far; shown in knowledge of terms; knowledge of breadth of the issue; church/UN/govt/personal statements; as well as students’ own opinions in this piece.

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