Kids #TalkJustice Human Trafficking
The topic of human trafficking can be a difficult one to breach with children. You definitely want to be sensitive to age and personalities. This topic is actually where this series originated. My friend and writer Amy Sullivan had an experience when this topic was brought up in a classroom. Not everyone was as open to their students knowing about the realities around them.
Amy and I were talking about how we believe we do no favors to our children if they do not understand injustice. In opening up dialogue we develop empathy, compassion, and the ability to make a difference.
Increasing their awareness also makes them safer. A sad truth is that child labor and sex trafficking don’t just happen across the ocean. It is happening in our own communities. Take a look at this United States map from Polaris Project showing locations where human trafficking has been reported. According to Exodus Road 3 out of 4 victims are trafficked on-line.
Start small and work your way to all the truths we encounter as your children’s age progresses. You can begin teaching young kids about the history of slavery, human rights and child labor.
Human Trafficking Discussion Starters:
Help your family go deeper:
- What are some root causes of human trafficking?
- poverty- parents needing to pay off debts, not being able to afford to care for children
- gender inequality where women are not as valued
- racial discrimination, caste system where some lives are not as important as others
- government or political corruption where the laws do not protect
- undocumented immigration status
- demand for cheap goods and labor
- Where is there more vulnerability?
- drug and alcohol addiction
- homelessness, runaways, abuse
- women and girls
- those affected by poverty
- How do our choices of what we buy affect the demand for child labor?
- What organizations could we support that focus on human trafficking?
- What do we need to do as a family to be safe on the internet?
Ways to Take Action!
- Read We Are All Born Free by: Amnesty International
- Read Henry’s Freedom Box by: Henry Levin
- Watch End Slavery in Ghana’s Puppet Show through International Justice Mission
- For young kids the movie Prince of Egypt shows what slavery looks like.
- For older children Girl Rising and Half the Sky Documentaries talk about human trafficking and slavery in sensitive ways.
- Pray with your family chose a prayer guide.
- A comprehensive reading list for older kids and parents from IJM
- Take the Slavery Footprint quiz together that looks at your consumption and how it relates to child labor.
- Participate in Loose Change to Loosen the Chains a student-led campaign for elementary- college students through IJM.
- Do you have a someone who loves to shop? You can introduce this topic that way by looking through shops that support rescued girl and women by providing jobs. StopTrafficking Fashion, Delicate Fortress Creations, Thistle Farms, Night Light International.
- An overview of human slavery by Love 146 appropriate for older children. Read first then determine if your child is ready.
- Work through this website of Sue Scheff parent advocate and internet safety expert. This is where many children become vulnerable to human trafficking.
- Watch this great video of the book We Are All Born Free.
For parents the National Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.3737.888
A human trafficking Twitter List to follow
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#TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. Invite friends! We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.