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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking for Healthcare Providers

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and a major public health problem both domestically and internationally. The states of Florida and Michigan now require registered nurses to complete training and education to help identify and report victim activity. Case managers, nurses and social workers are often the first professionals to interact with victims of human trafficking in hospital emergency rooms and health care settings. Through early identification, healthcare professionals are learning to look for signs of trafficking and learning how to treat potential victims with respect and without judgment and discrimination.

Trafficking affects the most vulnerable individuals, those with disabilities, substance use concerns or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Substance use and drug debts are used to coerce victims into the sex trade or various forms of forced labor. Foreign victims are misled into labor trafficking with visa contracts. Trafficked victims can be found in the healthcare workforce; in residential care facilities, nursing homes as home health aides and domestics. 

Every health care professional should be equipped to identify the physical and emotional signs of a trafficking victim. The newly enacted (2) hour Human Trafficking training for Florida RN’s, gives transparency to the unscrupulous practices of human trafficking and teaches nurses and case managers how to proactively seek education and resources to become better equipped in identifying and responding to potential trafficking victims in our care.

Human Trafficking Part II Webinar - Labor Explotation

While we hear a lot about sex trafficking from media coverage in the United States, few of us know the extent of labor trafficking in the United States and abroad. According to Polaris, labor trafficking is suspected to be the most underreported form of human trafficking. Labor exploitation happens every day in the United States leaving workers with no freedom, no health insurance, and little money. Workers are made particularly vulnerable to trafficking when hired as independent contractors and as seasonal workers through labor brokers and recruiters. Labor trafficking is hidden in plain view. We see people in domestic and labor servitude every day and don’t identify the exploitation.

The definition for labor trafficking is "using force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, obtain or employ a person for labor or services in involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery".

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Case managers, nurses and social workers are often the first professionals to interact with victims of human trafficking in hospital emergency rooms and health care settings.

Every health care professional should be equipped to identify the physical and emotional signs of a trafficking victim. The newly enacted (2) hour Human Trafficking training for RN’s, gives transparency to the unscrupulous practices of human trafficking and teaches nurses and case managers how to proactively seek education and resources to become better equipped in identifying and responding to potential trafficking victims in our care.

The video dramatized scenario depicts indicators of human trafficking, a crime committed when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to compel another person to work for little or no wages.

Jeanine Zukerman, Director of Clinical Innovation, spoke at CSMA on June 12, 2019, about human trafficking for healthcare providers. She describes human trafficking and how to recognize the signs of a victim.

Jeanine states that there are 40.3 million global victims; 25% are children and 75% are women. Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.

Human trafficking is all around us and we need to be more aware. Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline to report an incident.

Learn more about Human Trafficking visit Polaris Project at https://polarisproject.org/

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force Line
1-888-428-7581

Website
https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states