Dr. Tom Colletti
“Trafficking in Persons,” “human trafficking,” and “modern slavery” are all terms used interchangeably to describe the world’s second-largest illicit economy: that of sex and labor trafficking. Globally more than 40 million people are victims of human trafficking, exploited as a black-market commodity generating more than 150 billion in U.S. dollars annually. They are forced to work in various industries including domestic work, restaurants, agriculture, escort services, nail salons, massage parlors, traveling sales crews, and many more. Though studies are limited, survivor interviews have indicated that most trafficked persons presented to a health care provider at some point during their captivity. Though there is no single validated tool for screening all victims of human trafficking across all healthcare settings, several mechanisms are available for immediate implementation, and all have the potential to pierce the veil and spare a life from further abuse.
Meredith AC. The Slave Next Door: Identifying the Victim of Labor Trafficking in Your Exam Room. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2021; 3(4).
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