Human Trafficking

Rosemead School of Psychology

About this Course

Some people think that human trafficking only happens overseas. 

They are wrong.

Some people see prostitution as a victimless crime. 

They are wrong.

Some people think that most commercial sexual exploitation happens on seedy street corners.

They are wrong.

Some people think that all human trafficking victims will immediately appreciate assistance.

They are wrong.

By now, most of us have heard the phrase human trafficking. But does it mean that there is really more awareness concerning this issue? Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and stereotypes related to modern slavery. It is indeed a very complex, multidisciplinary and multifaceted issue, and we must be careful not to reduce it to what is most frequently featured in the media. In this course, you will catch a glimpse of this complexity, learning about official definitions of human trafficking, forms of modern slavery, victims and perpetrators. As a result, you will hopefully become more sensitive to “the slave next door” and more alert to some red flags. Due to the nature of the topic, this will not be a fun experience, but it is likely to be rewarding to you personally and to those around you. Your commitment to finish the course is important because the last lesson provides information about what can and is being done to fight human trafficking. 

Whether you are taking the course on your own or in a group setting, you will have a chance to test your knowledge and to reflect upon the material. Hopefully, you can become critical in your thinking and able to distinguish between different sources of information about human trafficking. By seeing it in a historical and cultural context, you may feel called to action, and if this is the case, the introductory knowledge provided in this course will be the first step in equipping you.