In order to reach students in the most effective, age-appropriate way possible, we have developed a 6-lesson high school version, a 2-lesson middle school version, and a grade-by-grade middle school version of the Prevention Project™ program.
High School Curriculum Lesson Outline
LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION & INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING 101
The opening lesson of the Prevention Project curriculum provides an introduction to the facts of human trafficking and focuses on the dimensions and realities of human trafficking internationally. The lesson plan includes stories and student interaction that address the following questions: What is human trafficking? Who does it affect? Where does it occur globally? Why and how does it occur? How are victims of human trafficking affected? The group activity of the lesson looks in-depth at trafficking in certain countries. Excerpts of this lesson were crafted by International Justice Mission.
LESSON 2: SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE U.S.
This lesson is primarily composed of a 40-minute documentary produced by Sex + Money and the Prevention Project program. The documentary covers the reality of sex trafficking in the U.S. by examining the profiles of victims, traffickers, and buyers. The voices of survivors and experts from across the country serve to give students an overview of human trafficking as well as explaining how to identify human trafficking in their own lives and communities.
LESSON 3: PROFILE OF A PIMP
In 21st–century America, pimps are viewed not as potential traffickers, but as pop culture idols. This lesson highlights the real profile of a pimp, attempting to draw out the influence of culture upon our view of pimps and the interconnectedness between pimps and traffickers in sex trafficking. Students will be asked to share their impressions of pimps and then compare their first impressions to the violence and manipulation behind the current popular, hip, idolized image of pimps. The teacher notes for this lesson are supplemented with a video of Tim Matthews speaking about the profile of pimps today.
LESSON 4: DECREASING DEMAND
Human Trafficking would not exist without demand. This lesson addresses how demand plays into the growth of human trafficking, including factors that grow demand, such as pornography. When an individual begins to view porn, a dangerous path is opened that involves the dehumanization and objectification of women, which can eventually lead to buying sex from a person. Yet today, individuals in porn videos and those being purchased for sex are highly likely to be victims of abuse and exploitation in sex trafficking. This lesson addresses the scientific and factual connections between porn, buying sex, and sex trafficking while asking: Is there a conclusive link between pornography and the sex trade industry? This lesson is comprised largely of video clips from Chris Campbell, who teaches the content of this lesson via video. Additionally, this lesson will discuss the supply side in depth, including what factors make someone susceptible to becoming the supply that fulfills this demand, and what specific lures traffickers use to recruit them.
LESSON 5: MEDIA LITERACY & THE OVER-SEXUALIZATION OF OUR CULTURE
The lesson focuses on three central elements: (i) the increased sexualization of our culture today (as reflected in the media), (ii) the importance of media literacy, and (iii) the connections between these two issues and human trafficking. After discussing how the media plays into our culture’s perceptions of sexuality, the objectification of women, and violence against women, it highlights how traffickers can manipulate consumerism and the messages of the media to exploit vulnerable youth. The lesson is comprised of interactive activities, short video clips, discussion, and a motivational wrap-up. This lesson was inspired and shaped by the work of Survivor, Advocate, and Author Holly Austin Smith. In Holly’s words, “Traffickers will target those teens who are influenced more by the media than by positive role models at home.”
LESSON 6: STUDENT EMPOWERMENT & IMPACT
This final lesson will bring together all the information the students have learned thus far with a call to action. The lesson plan is partly reflective for individual students and partly collaborative for small groups to discuss and design action steps on their own. The objective of this lesson is to inspire students to take action to become part of the solution to human trafficking as modern-day abolitionists-–beginning within their own community. The resources section of this lesson provides numerous sample student action projects as well as resources on the importance of mentoring as prevention.
Middle School Curriculum, 2-Lesson Version, Lesson Outline
LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION & THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
This lesson introduces the facts of human trafficking, the profile of a trafficker and a victim, and a discussion about red flags. There is an interactive story through which the students put themselves in the shoes of someone their age who followed false promises into a dangerous situation. The objective of this lesson is to allow students to understand the background of human trafficking and be equipped with the tools to recognize lures and tactics of traffickers.
LESSON 2: WHO I AM & WHY IT MATTERS
This lesson addresses the importance of self-esteem and online safety. It emphasizes that each student is worth protecting and that they matter. Students engage in exercises to strengthen self-esteem as a shield against traffickers who are looking for a target. In addition to the reflective activities, a survivor’s story cautions students about harmful messages in the media, allowing them to recognize the impact of media and helping them realize their own significance apart from messages of society. Included in this lesson is a substantial online safety unit to help students stay aware and protected when using the Internet.
Middle School Curriculum, Grade-by-Grade Version, Lesson Outline
6th GRADE, LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION
This lesson introduces the facts of human trafficking. There is an interactive story through which the students put themselves in the shoes of someone their age who followed false promises into a dangerous situation. The objective of this lesson is for students to define human trafficking and identify warning signs of it happening.
6th GRADE, LESSON 2: MEDIA & SELF-WORTH
This lesson addresses the importance of self-esteem. Students engage in exercises to challenge the media’s ideals of desirability and to define healthy relationships as a shield against traffickers who are looking for a target. A survivor’s story cautions students about harmful messages in the media, allowing them to recognize the impact of media and helping them realize their own significance apart from messages of society.
7th GRADE, LESSON 1: TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR ADVENTURE
This lesson deepens students’ understanding of how human trafficking happens by explaining types of trafficking and presenting ways to recognize lures and tactics of traffickers. It includes an interactive story in which students practice making choices in order to learn how they can protect themselves. Students also create ways to use media positively.
7th GRADE, LESSON 2: TECHNOLOGY SAFETY
This lesson shows students how traffickers use the internet and social media to lure people into dangerous situations. After seeing a video of young adults discussing how they practice online safety, students craft their own pledge for how to be safe online.
8th GRADE, LESSON 1: CHANGEMAKER
This lesson provides profiles of traffickers and victims. Students identify types of trafficking and victim vulnerabilities in various scenarios. They also learn ways to reduce demand for labor trafficking.
8th GRADE, LESSON 2: STEPS TO PREVENTION
This lesson describes risk factors and red flags for human trafficking. Through discussion of a survivor’s story, students synthesize material from all of the lessons. Students review how to protect themselves and how changing their habits can make a difference in the lives of others and in the world