Identifying Human Trafficking Victims in the Pediatric and School Nurse Practice Setting
Every year, thousands of people are labor- and sex-trafficked throughout the United States, generating billions of dollars. Many of these victims are children. They are included in the more than 80% of victims who seek some type of medical care during their captivity. In addition, more than 90% of the children exploited attend school daily. By seeking medical care and attending school, victims place health care personnel, especially pediatric and school nurses, in a unique position to help identify and assist them. Pediatric and school nurses both practice in settings that allow for familiarization with a child and the opportunity for private medical screenings. These opportunities allow for red flag indicators to be recognized and possible victims to be identified and/or disclose.