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The United Nations has designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Human Trafficking (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

Is there still slavery ? is from the CBBC Newsround.

Here are three videos:

Sunitha Krishnan fights sex slavery is a TED Talk. It’s generally not accessible to ELL’s, but portions of it might be usable.

Speak Truth To Power is a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights that includes a curriculum of seventeen lessons. The lessons include ones on genocide and human trafficking. They would have to be modified for English Language Learners, but they look useful. They include videos but, unfortunately, they’re all on YouTube, which make them inaccessible (online, at least) for most students).

The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern Day Slavery” is an excellent multimedia resource on human trafficking.

Global Record on Fighting Slavery is a useful color-coded map from CNN.

How Many Slaves Work For You? is an interactive that helps you determine how many slaves were involved in the products you use.

December 2nd is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. ESL Holiday Lessons has a lesson for English Language Learners on the day.

What Is Modern Slavery? Investigating Human Trafficking is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Slavery’s last stronghold is a slideshow from CNN and Slave master becomes an abolitionist is an accompanying article.

A tipping point in the fight against slavery? is from The BBC.

“How Many Slaves Work for You?” is from The NY Times.

Global Slavery, By the Numbers is from The New York Times.

The Guardian has published a very impressive multi-part series titled Modern-Day Slavery In Focus.

The “No” Project is an organization of young people organizing against human trafficking.

There are Sex Slaves All Over the U.S. Right Now is from TIME.

Walk Free has a number of resources about human slavery.

Teaching slavery: tips for tackling the issues in the classroom is from The Guardian.

Teaching The “S” Word: Modern Slavery Resources
is from The ASIDE blog.


Which countries have the worst record for human trafficking? – interactive is from The Guardian.

Map: which countries are the worst for human trafficking? is from The Guardian.

Where the World’s Slaves Live is from The Atlantic.

Almost 46 Million People Live in ‘Modern Slavery’ is from Voice of America.

You can help stop human trafficking with the TraffickCam app is ingenious.

Is slavery a thing of the past is an ELL lesson from The British Council.


US lists China as among worst human trafficking offenders is from CNN.

modern-day slavery in focus is a Guardian series.

Europe & Human Trafficking is an interactive.



Feedback is always welcome.

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