Whether it is through forced labor or sexual exploitation, human trafficking remains an issue in our society. School officials are uniquely positioned to recognize when a student may have been exploited by another individual. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-710 requires that each year, a school district shall make available to licensed personnel thirty (30) minutes of professional development regarding human trafficking. A course, Human Trafficking: Arkansas ACT 765 of 2017, is now available on ArkansasIDEAS. This course features video segments from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign, which uses dramatizations to advocate for a general awareness of human trafficking and its indicators. This one credit course fulfills the requirements of Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-710. ArkansasIDEAS will continue to release additional course offerings on this topic as they become available.
An explanation of the reporting guidelines specific to Arkansas teachers is also provided. Mandated reporters in Arkansas who suspect that a child may be a victim of human trafficking have not met their legal reporting requirements until they have contacted the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline at 1-844-SAVE-A-CHILD.
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