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Episode 153 - Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Laurie Cook Heffron: Modern Slavery: Social Work's Role in Addressing Human Trafficking

Monday, October 13, 2014, 8:04:28 AM

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The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking estimates that there as many as 2.5 million people in forced labor at any given time. The U.S. State Department estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. There may be as many as 27 million slaves in the world today. In this episode, Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Ms. Laurie Cook Heffron examine these disturbing issues and describe social work's role in addressing them.

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Average Rating: 5stars  a lot of great information on human trafficking, Monday, February 02, 2015

By Lindsay McLaughlin :

I felt that this podcast had a lot of great information on human trafficking, especially for someone (such as myself) who does not have a lot of knowledge on the subject. Dr. Busch-Armendariz and Laurie Cook Heffron take the time to talk about the reality of the situation and how close to home it really is for social workers not just internationally, but in America as well. They discuss the scope of the problem, and give insight into what is actually considered human trafficking, which is a larger definition than one might think.
Laurie and Noel also discuss what social workers can do to help combat this issue, and stress that just being more aware of the issue and understanding what human trafficking looks like can be really helpful to these individuals. Overall, I thought that this was an excellent podcast for someone who wishes to know more on this subject as well as what they can do as a social worker, or a citizen, to fight against this issue.


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Average Rating: 4stars  shocking trafficking issue, Sunday, February 01, 2015

By Anonymous :

I would first like to say that I found this to be very informative, in that I learned some things that I was not aware of. I realized human trafficking is an issue, but I always related it to the sexual basis, I was not aware that there was a labor sector. It is sad and does not surprise me that the people that come here from Mexico are some of the people who suffer from this labor trafficking. It just goes back to what Dr. Busch-Armendariz and Cook Heffron said, that one of the values of the U.S. is freedom of all people. Also, it is terrible to see how prevalent it is that children are involved, like the runaway youth and the left behind children. This makes me think of the children I see at my internship and it is very disturbing to think of them as having to experience trafficking like situations. However, this just empowers me to educate my clients and possibly those who are not my clients on this issue and how prevalent it actually is. I do not think many people understand the seriousness or the concept of this issue and it is important that it be addressed. It is comforting to know that there are things being done, like the website consumers are able to look up the details on how their products are made and by whom they are made.


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