Sunday, April 01, 2012
ESL Schools Under Scrutiny for Human Trafficking??
I just posted this on Dave's ESL Cafe --
Oh wow! I just read this on the internet:
LYON, (AP) -- Interpol revealed today that numerous private international schools of English, known as TEFL or ESL schools, are under scrutiny for involvement in human trafficking.
"We see a very similar pattern to some of the criminal organizations that recruit domestics or constructions workers from poor countries," said an Interpol representative today. "Teachers go abroad and are promised many things, but given miserable living conditions and salaries that barely allow them to survive. Passports are occasionally taken away and the ESL teacher finds they are not legally employed. Stories of worse kinds of abuse are not unheard of."
"Often the schools themselves have no academic standards whatsoever," reported one source, a 35-year-old American who claimed himself to have been trafficked by an ESL school and wishes to remain unnamed. "They are simply mills to take money from students, and often tax dodges or money laundries at that. The teacher is a disposable resource, and often threatened and bullied. Physical harm is not unheard of."
Prosecution for human trafficking can be difficult due to jurisdictional disputes, but Interpol says it is seeking cooperation from all countries to help control human trafficking in ESL, which they estimate affects tens of thousands of victims every year and produces profits in the billions.
You can read the full story here!
Wow! This could be the start of a new era in TEFL!