Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship students in the careers of law and the humanities have developed presentations on the issue of human trafficking for their community service program. Because San Juan del Sur is close to the border with Costa Rica, the young people of this region are vulnerable to traffickers. The scholarship students have developed this program with the aim of preventing young people from falling victim to the crime of trafficking in persons.
The FAJB students are giving talks in different classes at Stella Maris, with the program adjusted to the age level of the students. On September 26 they gave a talk to 21 students, aged 16 to 19 years, who are in their final year of high school. On October 4 they presented to 44 sixth-grade students, and they will be speaking to a third class on October 17.
The community service group has also spoken at a church in Ostional, and will be visiting a school in Pochote later this year. The FAJB students worked hard to create a compelling presentation, and the Stella Maris students were very attentive, with lots of questions and comments. Part of the discussion involved Facebook and other social media, and the importance of being cautious about who you speak to on social media, and the kind of images and information you post. This initiative is a coordinated effort between the Stella Maris Educational Center and Fundación A. Jean Brugger in order to help prevent young people from falling victim to this crime.
"Trafficking in persons" means the recruitment, transport, transfer, or reception of persons, using threats or the use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deceit. It means abuse of power or abuse of a situation of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. ‘Exploitation’ includes, at a minimum, prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices analogous to slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs.
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