Dean Rodgers on Human Trafficking Issues


By Meaghan Thomas

In the United States, the human trafficking industry is more communal than ever. Interestingly, the population often misconstrues what constitutes this $32 billion "industry." Human trafficking is defined as the illegal buying and selling of individuals from the U.S. and other countries into labor or sexual trades.

Mark E. Rodgers, DSW, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, explains more about this tragic trade.

"There are 2,515 known cases of human trafficking under U.S. investigation," he says, "and over 1,000 of these involve children."

Dr. Rodgers will not remain passive about humans being bought and sold around the world, and, incidentally, the Scranton area. He plans to take action by further familiarizing the Marywood community and the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area with these issues by hosting a Human Trafficking Poster Awareness day. The posters would illustrate some of the struggles women and children undergo in this trade, ways for the community to spot a victim, and how to help him or her.

"With the commitment that Marywood has to social and economic justice, it seems natural to get involved with this issue" he explains.

Along with providing information via posters, Dr. Rodgers hopes to implement an outreach day for human trafficking awareness at Marywood's campus and host international speakers. He also believes that an interdisciplinary course covering criminal justice, psychology, and social work would enrich a student's understanding of the contemporary issues of human trafficking, and provide strategies for the Marywood community to help.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Rodgers, DSW, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, at mrodgers@marywood.edu.