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26th Annual National Collegiate EMS Conference

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Pimps, Prostitutes, and Providers

Human trafficking is a widespread problem that affects persons both locally and globally. Often times EMS providers are the first people to lay eyes on a human trafficking victim. Despite its prominence in our world, there is a lack of education amongst healthcare providers. Research suggests that more than 80% of victims encounter one or more healthcare professionals while they are being trafficked. Of these providers encountered, 60% were emergency personnel. Although emergency personnel have a high rate of interaction with victims, less than 5% of emergency department personnel have received formal training on human trafficking. This lecture will provide a brief overview of trafficking, including the national definition of trafficking, types of trafficking, and vulnerabilities associated with victims. It will also inform emergency medical providers of red flags and warning signs to look for in patients. Attendees will also learn techniques to implement for identification and treatment. To conclude, attendees will receive information for national trafficking organizations and resources available for both victims and providers. Furthermore, attendees will be encouraged to find local organizations in their area that do outreach with victims and survivors of human trafficking.


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