Things to Consider When Teaching English Language Learners
Considerations of Vulnerabilities to being Sex Trafficked
- May not understand the complexities of the sexualization of women because it looks different in different cultures, and it is a concept that is complicated by American media.
- May enter the country with a lack of basic resources.
- May lack understanding of American social norms, especially the ones that keep one safe.
- May experience isolation from other peers due to cultural or language differences.
- May have an inability to express an unwillingness to do certain things or express that they are
- May struggle with their adjustment to a new school, neighborhood, community, country, which it
difficult to fit in.
- May have past trauma due to coming from war-torn countries or experiences in refugee camps.
- May feel extra peer pressure to fit in and might do whatever it takes to find their place.
- May have parents that do not know English and are therefore unable to find employment, which
might put the student in a position where they may become the primary bread winner – and may
feel they should do anything to bring home money.
- May have a lack of transportation which could place them in recruiting grounds, such as bus stops,
train stations, and subways.
- May have come into the country with debt (i.e. plane tickets, moving costs, etc.) that needs to be
paid off and a student may feel they should do anything to pay that off.
- May get confused by various cultural boundaries of ‘touch’.
- May not have an authorized work-permit and may do work under the table.
- May face possible threats of deportation or “calling the authorities” if they don’t comply with
- May have parents that do not understand some/all of the above about the American culture and
keeping their child safe.