By Dr. Jarrod Sadulski
Faculty Member, Criminal Justice
There is a new opportunity for adult learners to take an informative course that examines the most significant aspects of human trafficking. The University’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education recently introduced a course that allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the human trafficking problem from both a global and national perspective.
The course, PCE-INSC101 – Human Trafficking Prevention Foundations, is a six-week online course that anyone can take. Students do not need to be enrolled in one of the University’s degree programs for the class; however, students will need to enroll in this course through the course link mentioned in this paragraph.
What the Human Trafficking Awareness Course Covers
The course provides an in-depth examination of these three aspects of trafficking:
- Sex trafficking
- Forced labor
- Domestic servitude
In addition, the class offers an informative overview of where trafficking occurs, how victims are groomed through false promises and gifts, and why human trafficking is so difficult to escape from. It looks at current trends , such as:
- Where traffickers find victims
- The role of gangs in human trafficking
- Indicators that someone is a human trafficking victim
- Indicators someone is a perpetuator of human trafficking
- How people can identify and report human trafficking
The course examines some of the differences between human trafficking in rural areas compared to metropolitan areas. It also looks at the laws that protect citizens from trafficking, such as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks countries around the world based on their efforts to combat human trafficking.
The class covers the challenges with prosecuting human traffickers, which occur due to the fear many victims have of their traffickers. Trauma bonding in trafficking, which can hinder criminal prosecutions of human traffickers, is also explained in the course.
The Massive Problem of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking occurs in all 50 states with hundreds of thousands of victims in the United States and an estimated 40.4 million victims globally. It is such a prolific problem because criminals realize that trafficking humans is more profitable than other forms of crime.
Unlike drug trafficking, human trafficking victims can be used over and over again. By contrast, if criminals sell a kilo of cocaine and want to make another sale, they need to first go and acquire more cocaine to sell. However, trafficking victims can be repeatedly exploited, which enables criminals to make a profit from the abuse of their victims.
How to Sign Up
Anyone interested this course can visit the University’s website to see upcoming enrollment dates. Individuals are welcome to take the class to increase their awareness of human trafficking, and organizations who wish to provide training for their staff can also benefit from this course.