"The curriculum materials are excellent
and I find them invaluable in developing our unit of work"
Robyn Davis, Gippsland Grammar
"My girls really embraced this
and were very concerned about what is happening in the world.
I will be using this great resource next term with my lively and compassionate
group of Year 10 girls"
Vivienne Lynch, Korawa Anglican Girls’ School
Child trafficking is a global phenomenon. The United Nations estimates that about 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. This is part of the larger human trafficking industry in which people are sold into slavery. There are at least 30 million people currently living in slavery, the largest number at any time in history. In Thailand, many children are trafficked from countries such as Myanmar and Cambodia and forced to work as beggars, sex slaves and labourers in industries such as fishing and manufacturing.
Child trafficking is rare in Australia although several cases of children trafficked from Thailand to work in Australian brothels have been prosecuted in Australian courts. This does not mean, however, that Australians are not involved in child trafficking. The Sydney Morning Herald reported in 2008 that almost 100,000 Australian men travel to Thailand each year for the purpose of sex. It also reported that the average age for a girl entering the Thai sex industry to be 14 and that most girls are aged between 12 and 16. The article states that ‘this results in children being either kidnapped or sold into the trade, either knowingly or unwittingly, by their families.’
Teaching about the sex trade does not suit all school communities so for the year 10 curriculum, ZFA has used the case study of a Burmese girl who has been forced to work in a begging ring in the lesson plans. Students follow her story from her kidnap in Myanmar through her experiences in Thailand and her eventual repatriation to her family. This is based on an actual case although some of the details have been changed to protect her identity.