by Marsha Rakestraw

In some of our professional development at the Institute for Humane Education, participants learn about modern human trafficking and slavery.

What they discover often shocks and horrifies them.

Many people in developed countries remain unaware of slavery and trafficking as a contemporary challenge, assuming that such practices ended in the 19th century. And often those of us who know about trafficking and slavery are largely ignorant regarding the breadth of the problem and the depth of our unwitting participation.

Trafficking and slavery are present in nearly every country, including Westernized countries like the US, and affect tens of millions of people — especially women and children.

You can use short videos like these to help introduce the issue of modern-day trafficking and slavery to your students.


1. Shocking Facts About Modern Slavery (via Plethrons) (2:12 min)
A brief overview of modern slavery around the world.


2. Human Trafficking: It Happens Here (via Polaris) (2:27)
This short animated video provides a quick overview of human trafficking (mainly in the US).


3. MTV Human Trafficking (via MTV Exit) (4:09 min)
This PSA uses an animated pop-up book to highlight different examples of human trafficking.


4. 10 Countries Most Afflicted by Modern Slavery (via The Daily Conversation) (7:05 min)
Offers a brief overview of the 10 countries with the most people who have been trafficked into slavery, as well as an anecdote about how an entire village was freed from slavery in India.


5. I Survived Sex Trafficking (via BuzzFeed) (3:39 min)
Trafficking survivor Tika tells her story of being forced into trafficking at age 12 and becoming a “warrior” to help other women after she escaped at 18.


6. My Life as a Modern Day Slave (via BBC) (2:48 min)
Mitos shares her story of forced labor as a domestic servant in the UK for three years before she escaped.


Find more resources for teaching about human trafficking and slavery in our curated Pinterest board.

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