Monthly Feature: Human Trafficking Awareness
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.
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Diagnosing Human Trafficking When a Patient is a Victim|
(2017, September). Patient Safety Monitor Journal, 18(9).
Only 13% of trafficking victims are recognized as such by their providers. Physicians, nurses, and healthcare staff are in a unique position to help the human trafficking victims who walk through their doors. But for that to work, providers first need to know how to identify them. There's an estimated 1 million human trafficking victims living in America-a population roughly the size of Delaware.
Human Trafficking: A Guide to Identification and Approach for the Emergency Physician.
Annals of Emergency Medicine (ANN EMERG MED), Oct2016; 68(4): 501-508.e1. (1p)
Human trafficking is a significant human rights problem that is often associated with psychological and physical violence. There is no demographic that is spared from human trafficking. Traffickers maintain control of victims through physical, sexual, and emotional violence and manipulation. Because victims of trafficking seek medical attention for the medical and psychological consequences of assault and neglected health conditions, emergency clinicians are in a unique position to recognize victims and intervene.
There Are Thousands of Human Trafficking Victims Each Year. Here's How You Can Help.
Time.com. 7/24/2017, p1-1. 1p.
Thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking across the globe each year, and reported cases in the U.S. are on the rise, human rights groups say. A related problem is smuggling, which is the illegal importation of people into the country. It's not uncommon for smuggling to lead to trafficking.