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Type: Multiple-Choice
Category: Summarizing
Level: Grade 11
Standards: CCRA.R.4, RI.11-12.4
Tags: ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.2
Author: szeiger
Created: 6 years ago

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Human trafficking happens in almost every country around the world, including the United States. Traffickers represent every social, ethnic, and racial group. Traffickers are not only men; women are also perpetrators.1 Increasingly, traffickers are using fear tactics to lure children and youth into commercial sex acts and/or compelled labor. The base of the issue is the traffickers’ goal of exploiting and enslaving victims and the coercive and deceptive practices they use to do so.

Traffickers may exploit youth for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor:
Recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing, obtaining, and/or maintaining a minor for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation
Exploiting a minor through survival sex
Exploiting a minor by having her or him perform in sexual venues (e.g., peep shows, strip clubs)
Exploiting a minor through forced labor, including involuntary domestic servitude (e.g., nanny, maid)
Exploiting a minor through bonded labor or debt bondage
Exploiting a minor through forced child labor

Young people, especially those with risk factors, are vulnerable to human trafficking. The Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance on child trafficking to child welfare systems and runaway and homeless youth programs because of increased vulnerability to trafficking for youth who have experienced prior abuse or who have run away from home. Click here to learn more about the risk factors that a recent Institute of Medicine (IOC) and National Research Council (NRC) report identified. These young people are often preyed on by traffickers and lured with false promises of love, money, or simply a better life.

Traffickers may also use a variety of techniques to instill fear in victims and ensure that they remain under their control:
Physically restricting victims or restricting their freedom of movement (e.g., keeping victims under lock and key or constant surveillance)
Using debt bondage (e.g., imposing financial obligations, convincing victims they are honor-bound to satisfy debt)
Isolating victims from the public (e.g., limiting contact with outsiders, ensuring that contact is monitored or superficial)
Isolating victims from their family members
Confiscating victims’ passports, visas, and identification documents
Using or threatening to use violence toward victims and their families
Threatening to shame victims by exposing their circumstances to their family
Telling victims that they will be imprisoned for crimes they were forced to commit
Controlling victims’ money (e.g., holding their money for “safekeeping”)

Grade 11 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.11-12.4

Those involved with human trafficking are treated most like...
  1. Family members
  2. Employees
  3. Slaves
  4. Maids
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