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Home Specialties Psychiatry/Mental Health Spotting Human Trafficking – Do You Know What to Do?

Spotting Human Trafficking – Do You Know What to Do?

This statistic from the National Human Trafficking Hotline/Resource Center (NHTRC) shows how important it is to recognize signs of trafficking in the behavior of patients you see in your daily practice. In their report on Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in a Healthcare Context, they detail the many presentations you might see.

Test your knowledge on the questions below and then download the complete NHTRC report here.

1. For which of the following reasons do victims of human trafficking present for healthcare treatment?

A. Injuries, assaults and emergency treatment

B. Prenatal and gynecologic care

C.  Routine medical exams

D. Mental health and addiction issues

E. All of the above

2. Victims of human trafficking may display which of the following signs of trauma?

A. Post-traumatic stress disorder

B. Memory disruption

C. Trauma bonding

D. All of the above
 

3. TRUE/FALSE: Clinicians who suspect human trafficking should immediately report it to authorities for further action.

ANSWERS:

1. For which of the following reasons do victims of human trafficking present for healthcare treatment?

Answer: E

Victims of human trafficking seek medical care for reasons resulting from injuries or maltreatment as well as routine care for potentially unrelated problems.

More details can be found on page 9 of the NHTRC report.

2. Victims of human trafficking may display which of the following signs of trauma?

Answer: D

Victims of human trafficking may display multiple signs of trauma that extend to PTSD, memory disruption, and trauma bonding (such as Stockholm Syndrome)

More details can be found on page 23 of the NHTRC report.

3. TRUE/FALSE: Clinicians who suspect human trafficking should immediately report it to authorities for further action.

Answer: FALSE

No official action should be taken before the first precept is met to ensure that primary health and safety needs of the patient are met.

More details, including an assessment tool, can be found on pages 25 and 26 of the NHTRC report.

For more information, visit the NHT website at: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

Download the NHTRC Report:

Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in a Healthcare Context_pdf.pdf

Last updated 9/21/19.

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