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Class Highlight - Human Trafficking

human trafficking class

What class?

LSCJ 4700 - Human Trafficking

Why is it cool?

History books tell us that slavery was abolished when the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865. Although this is true, the slavery did not end.

Now, we fight a form of modern-day slavery where approximately 27-30 million people in countries across the world, including the United States, are victims of both labor trafficking and sex trafficking. That means there are more slaves in the world today than before the abolition of old slavery.

Human trafficking generates billions of dollars per year in profit, second only to drug trafficking. Since victims rarely come forward due to language barriers, fear of their trafficker or fear of law enforcement, human trafficking cases largely go unreported.

The problem has become so prevalent that some hotel chains are offering special training to employees to teach them how to spot potential trafficking signs and how to report them.

In the Human Trafficking course, students learn about forced captivity from both a historical and modern perspective. Different types of human trafficking, including bonded labor, forced migration and sex trafficking will be explored.

Human trafficking is happening every day to men, women and children in communities all of over the world. No one is immune. Students will leave the class with in-depth knowledge of modern-day slavery, how to increase awareness about the seriousness of this growing problem and, maybe, even a solution to end it.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the OU Extended Campus College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.