Human Trafficking

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Course Date: 20 August 2014 to 17 September 2014 (4 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Did you know that human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery? Slavery has been around since the beginning of civilization and still persists across our world today. As a human rights issue, it is important to increase awareness as a starting point down the journey toward freedom for all.

Estimated Workload: 2-4 hours/week

Course Instructors

Jacquelyn Meshelemiah

Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah is a licensed social worker and three time alum of the Ohio State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and doctorate (PhD) from the College of Social Work. As an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor in Social Work, she has taught courses across the curricula at the BSSW, MSW, and PhD levels.  

Jacquelyn teaches courses related to the social work profession, diagnosing and assessments, and human trafficking.  She is the author and co-author of numerous publications and presentations at the local, national, and international levels.  Her research publications focus on human trafficking and prostitution along with social work practice, substance abuse, and social justice.  Jacquelyn’s work related travels have taken her to Mexico, Puerto Rico, London, Canada, Hawaii, Ghana, Uganda, and all across the United States.

Dr. Meshelemiah is the recipient of numerous honors including teaching and community service awards.  Last, she is the former Chair of the Board of Rahab’s Hideaway, a safehaven for at-risk and/or victims of human trafficking. 

Course Description

This course will provide a thorough discussion on domestic and global human trafficking from both a social work perspective and a general knowledge based lens. Students will be provided an opportunity to follow the general knowledge track as well as a social work track which will add additional materials focusing on human trafficking from the perspective and expectations of the social work professional.

Students who choose to focus on this course from a general knowledge point of view will be provided with a hefty dose of materials on human trafficking from a non-social work perspective.  

As a whole, students will become familiar with the forms, severity, and extent of various forms of trafficking that exist around the globe. Push and pull factors involved in trafficking as they relate to the major legal, political, social and economic factors that contribute to human trafficking will be discussed. Laws, anti-trafficking policies and rescue and restore programs on human trafficking will be highlighted.

An exploration of the characteristics and special needs of victims (adults and children), their life experiences, and their trafficking trajectories will be discussed.

Last, students will acquire introductory knowledge of the role of world citizens, politicians, law enforcement, the judicial systems, social workers, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), and others in the resolution of human trafficking from a social work and a non-social work social justice perspective.


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Other than an Internet connection, what resources will I need for this class?
Access to audio and/or video recording tools will be helpful for completion of the public service announcement should you choose to create something that is multimedia in nature.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

Everyone -- including you -- can do something to rid the world of human trafficking.


Week One: Introduction to Human Trafficking
Week Two: Laws and Policies
Week Three: The Impact on the Victim
Week Four: Interventions - From Victim to Survivor


The class will consist of short lecture videos (5-10 minutes).  Supplementary readings will also be assigned and may be used in online peer discussions.  

To fully participate in this course, students will create one Public Service Announcement (PSA) project and complete three quizzes.  

Discussions will be encouraged to help expand everyone's knowledge of human trafficking and brainstorm interventions to help rid the world of it.

Suggested Reading

There are many valuable resources to learn about the impact of Human Trafficking. Here are two to get started for now.  

Join the class and you'll have access to many more as we journey through this exploration together.

Course Workload

2-4 hours/week

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