Trafficking Curricula in Works

By Julie Montanaro
February 8, 6:45pm

Word of a Tallahassee man accused of smuggling women into the U.S. and forcing them into prostitution didn't surprise everyone in town.

The Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University says human trafficking is more common than you may think. It's working to develop a statewide curricula on human trafficking that can be taught in classes for speakers of other languages.

"The population that goes to ESOL classes is going to be able to learn about human trafficking, the laws that involve trafficking, what the resources are and how they can get help," said program director Robin Thompson.

"We tend to know if there's something wrong," said ESOL teacher Vania Llovera. "Knowing what human trafficking is is going to allow teachers to determine and identify if there are victims in their classroom."

The center received a $50,000 grant from the Department of Education to develop the human trafficking curricula. It hopes to have it ready for teachers to use by June.