Pros And Consequences Of Human Trafficking In Schools

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In schools, students are taught about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students are taught about what rights these documents give you, but do not talk about the things that violate them. Human trafficking violates both of these documents, as it using people as currency. As of 2005 (Roots, 1) in the Criminal Code of Canada, under section 279.01 to sections 279.04, it is stated that six offences in the criminal code specifically address human trafficking ( Department of Justice, 2016). Thus, since 2005, we have had laws against human trafficking in Canada, yet, students are still not being taught about it. When students are in social class, they talk about what our country is like. …show more content…
We are trying to make this next generation to be global citizens, which is becoming easier since the world is becoming more interconnected than ever. In the Alberta curriculum in social studies 10-1, the main point to get across is the idea of citizenship and identity. Students are taught also about how the past, even the recent past, can affect identity. This is the first year students are taught about things that happen in the world. In Grade 10 you are taught about how eurocentrism affected Africa, and eventually was a factor in causing the Rwandan Genocide. Students are encouraged to think deeply and critically about how this would affect the Rwandan people’s identity. Then students are taught about how Francophones effect Canada’s national identity, and are once again encouraged to think critically and deeply about this. Then, to keep on the topic of Canada’s national identity, students are introduced (quite often for the first time) to the idea of residential schools and the aboriginal history in our own country. Students are told this is an important part of Canada’s history. Residential schools are a part of Canada’s recent past. In social, we tell our students about how we took First Nations students away from their families, and tried to make them “more white”. I argue that human trafficking should be a part of the curriculum. It has been eleven years …show more content…
In Vancouver, on the downtown eastside, this is extremely relevant. Students are taught about how almost everyone there is poor, but they remain unaware of how and why some of the people are there. By teaching students about human trafficking, we can give them the knowledge to effect this (Alberta Education, 2016). If students are made aware of issues, they have the power to change it. Human trafficking is happening all around the world. If all the students in Alberta knew what it is, they could prevent it from happening to them, and can learn to recognize it in others.While on a recent mission trip to Vancouver (2016) I learned about human trafficking for the first time. I learned about a human trafficking ring that was discovered in Calgary. Details can be found at By teaching about human trafficking in schools, maybe one of those students will end up being one of the people who saves people from being trafficked. One such example of this is ACT Alberta. This is a local organization in Calgary, that helps victims of trafficking, and builds awareness (ACT Alberta, 2016).
Human Trafficking is a violation of basic human rights. Students in Alberta are not being taught about this in the current curriculum for social studies. Students learn about Canada’s government, and what rights they have, over the course of many years. Students are also taught about

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