When most people in the Western world think of slavery, their minds turn to what they learned about the Atlantic slave trade of the 17th - 19th centuries. Even learning about the existence of modern slavery doesn't necessarily lessen their disconnect from slaves as real people who may live in their country, their community -- who may be people they may see on the street, or even know.
The organization Not for Sale Campaign provides a great tool that can help bring the reality and immediacy of modern slavery to others. Their Slavery Map is a wiki-type tool that allows people to research documented cases of modern-day slavery "in their own backyard" and add them to the map. So far more than 600 cases have been added from around the world.
If you were using this tool in a classroom, you could encourage students to browse different cases around the world to learn more about what kinds of slavery are most prevalent, who's involved, and what kind of slavery is occurring in their area. You could even invite students to get more involved in human trafficking issues in their community by connecting with local human rights organizations that work on human trafficking, by contacting local law enforcement to discover how they handle modern slavery issues, and by having students keep track of human trafficking issues in their community and upload relevant cases to the Slavery Map. Some students might even be inspired to give presentations in the community to educate others about modern slavery.
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