Human Trafficking: A Social Welfare Clubs Campaign for Social Justice

By John Conahan and Eric Kyere.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This exploratory study sampled 136 students to determine the general knowledge of social work students, graduates (MSW) and undergraduates (BSW), which in the study are classified as junior social work majors and senior social work majors, on human trafficking. The study revealed no differences in human trafficking knowledge between BSW and MSW students. Social work students in this study are knowledgeable about the impact of human trafficking on social work practice, the connection between trafficking and prostitution and the factors that make an act a trafficking case. There is a need for social work students to be aware of the connection between trafficking and smuggling, poverty, child labor and, the growing trend of human trafficking.

Keywords: Social Justice, Social Work Field Education, Human Trafficking, Social Work Club

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.125-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 659.952KB).

Dr. John Conahan

Professor, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr.Conahan is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He holds a doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in social work. His Doctorate and Master’s of Social Work degree is from Marywood University. Dr. Conahan is also Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Conahan’s 30 years of experience as a generalist practitioner has included the provision of services to individuals, groups, families, community and organizational development, clinical management and senior administrative management positions in the field of substance abuse treatment. Dr. Conahan’s areas of research include gender issues in addiction treatment,immigration and human trafficking and organizational leadership.

Eric Kyere

Graduate student, Social Work Department, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA

Eric Kyere is an Advanced Year MSW student at Kutztown University. He holds Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with Political Science from University of Ghana. Eric’s exposure to macro level practice has included policy analysis, advocacy and creating awareness and motivating the initiation of social action on social injustice issues. His research interest include human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, HIV, violence, poverty and immigration.


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