Child Trafficking

Child trafficking is a human rights violation affecting millions. Children are trafficked into labor, exploited in mines, or recruited into militias in conflict zones. This topic, which contains mature content, aims to raise awareness about trafficking and encourage students to take their own steps in addressing trafficking.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

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6-8
Child Trafficking Middle School Unit
Child Trafficking is a unit of three lessons designed to raise awareness about child trafficking, analyze how it effects people all around the world, educate on what UNICEF is doing to combat it, and encourage young people to take action.
6-8, 9-12
Not My Life: Educator Screening and Discussion Guide
Use this Discussion Guide to facilitate a classroom screening of Not My Life, a documentary film depicting the scourge of human trafficking on a global scale. The film contains some graphic scenes and is recommended only for a mature audience.
6-8, 9-12
How to Talk to Your Kids About Trafficking
Use this guide from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's End Trafficking project to talk to your kids about the risks of human trafficking.
9-12
Child Trafficking High School Unit
Child Trafficking is a unit of four lessons and a final assessment designed to raise awareness about child trafficking, highlight the challenges of combating it, and encourage students to take their own steps in addressing it.
Activities

activities

9-12
Activity Sheet: Child Trafficking
This brief activity sheet allows students to explore the issue of child trafficking.
Articles

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6-8, 9-12
Girl Power on the Tea Plantations of India
A UNICEF partnership with the Assam Branch Indian Tea Association is working to create economic opportunity for girls.
6-8, 9-12
Voices from Children: Child Labor and Child Trafficking
This slide includes excerpts, quotes and opinions of children from Pakistan and Nigeria who have been affected by the issues of child labor and child trafficking respectively.
6-8, 9-12
When Children are Put in Harm's Way
"Child Protection" is a facet of UNICEF's work that covers a wide array of issues. From child labor, to the demobilization of child soldiers and prevention of child trafficking, UNICEF is working to create safe havens for children.
6-8, 9-12
End Trafficking Information Sheet
This information sheet provides a clear, concise description of human trafficking and offers three ways to take action against trafficking.
Video

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9-12
Child Soldiers
This video, which contains some mature content, explains how child soldiers are witnesses and victims of violence. In the past two years, UNICEF and its partners have freed more than 20,000 children from this form of bondage.
6-8, 9-12
Supporting Former Child Soldiers in DR Congo
Watch a video about how UNICEF is supporting former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
6-8, 9-12
Child Labor in Bolivia
Watch a video about Augustin, a 13 year-old Bolivian who worked for two years in a mineral mine. He now has left the mines in hopes of a better life.
6-8, 9-12
Combating Child Trafficking in Benin
Dosu is 12 years old and originally from Benin, but he spent three months alone after being sold in Nigeria. Dosu is a victim of child trafficking. UNICEF is working to strengthen policies in Benin, and other countries, to combat trafficking.
6-8, 9-12
Feature Film: Not My Life
Not My Life, filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, depicts the scourge of human trafficking on a global scale. The film contains some graphic scenes and is recommended only for a mature audience.
9-12
UNICEF Child Protection Panel
UNICEF experts speak about challenges they face in protecting children around the world.
9-12
Vulnerable Children in Benin
UNICEF is combating trafficking and exploitation of children for economic gain. Girls are disproportionately affected by this practice in Benin.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Child Protection in Guatemala
In this video, hear Yasmin's story of overcoming the trauma caused by her step-father sexually assaulting her. Yasmin is receiving treatment at Refuge for Children, a UNICEF-assisted program, which has provided the support she needs for recovery.
6-8, 9-12
A Trafficked Child Speaks Out
In this video, you will learn from a retired FBI agent about the thousands of children in the United States that are trafficked, as well as hear from a victim of trafficking.
6-8, 9-12
A Mother's Story
Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states in the U.S. In this video, a mother tells her child's story as a survivor of trafficking.
Audio

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6-8, 9-12
Digital Diarist Tsholofelo Selufaro, 19, speaks about the issue of child labor in Botswana.
Digital Diarist Tsholofelo Selufaro, 19, speaks about the issue of child labor in Botswana.
6-8, 9-12
Giving Girls a Chance - Educating to End Child Labor
Learn about how UNICEF is offering education as an alternative to child labor practices.
6-8, 9-12
Podcast: What is human trafficking?
In this podcast, you will learn about what trafficking is, how it affects children, signs that a child is being trafficked, & strategies being used in the field to combat trafficking. Most importantly, you will learn several ways to take action.
9-12
Podcast: Why We Need to Address Supply and Demand
Learn about how the demand for commercial sex, as well as cheap goods and labor, is connected to human trafficking. Most importantly, you’ll learn how you can reduce demand for human trafficking in your own daily life.
6-8, 9-12
Podcast: Vote with Your Dollar - The Power of Fair Trade
Many children are exploited and forced to work on cocoa plantations in countries in Africa and South America. Join us for a conversation with Equal Exchange and Fairtrade America to learn more about how you can join the Fair Trade movement.

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