Human Trafficking: Educate Staff to Recognize Signs and Take Action Steps

June 27, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Healthcare organizations should educate their staff to be on alert and prepared to identify and help patients who may be victims of human trafficking, Joint Commission says in the June 2018 issue of Quick Safety. The article provides information on recognizing the signs of human trafficking and on what to do when trafficking is suspected. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain through forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. "If staff at your health care organization have not yet encountered a human trafficking victim, very likely they will," says Joint Commission. Over the 10-year period 2007 to 2017, 40,200 reports of human trafficking were made in the United States. Because medical care is sometimes necessary for victims, healthcare professionals are in a position to help.

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