Human Traffic Watch

Fifth-graders join fight against human trafficking

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on June 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

“We’ve been talking about taking a stand all year long,” said Johnson, who has been teaching in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 for eight years.

Human trafficking is a cause she is passionate about, and when her students learned that children sometimes are forced into such situations, they caught some of that passion.

“We talked about a few different causes,” said Johnson.

Johnson said they spoke about how “people really need to be treated fairly. … They’re in fifth grade. (Discussion) is age-appropriate. We mostly focus on forced labor” instead of delving into the more sensitive issue of prostitution.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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