2002 – Who’s in your waiting room? Triaging for Human Trafficking
All communities, whether urban or suburban are vulnerable to Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery. Health care providers are one of a few professionals likely to interact with trafficked persons while they are still in captivity. Through early identification, healthcare professionals are learning to look for the signs of human trafficking and learning how to treat potential victims with respect and without judgement and discrimination following the Code of Professional Conduct for Case Managers. Every health care professional can and should be equipped to identify the physical and emotional signs of a trafficking victims. Health problems seen in victims of trafficking are commonly related to; deprivation of food and sleep, extreme stress, movement through travel, violence (physical and sexual) and hazardous work environments. Screening tools and protocols are being used in some hospital emergency rooms to help identify trafficked victims. One hospital in Michigan recently initiated a screening program and demonstrated success with the rescue of 11 victims. We can learn more by participating in CE courses and by learning about the statistics of your geographic region. Start a conversation with your facility and take steps to learn more about how to identify and help victims trafficking online. Memorize and display the hotline information for the National Human Trafficking. 888.373.7888 or text Help to 233733.
1. Discover the ethical roles and responsibilities of the health clinician and interprofessional team with the recognition, assessment, and treatment of victims of trafficking.
2. Recognize the physical and mental health indicators connected to victims of human trafficking
3. Apply how education is the best tool for identification of human trafficking.