Human trafficking is one of the most devastating human rights crises the world faces today.
According to the International Labour Organization, more than 40 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world. And more than three quarters of these victims are women and children who are forced into labor in many different industries — including sex work.
Tragically, this crisis may only be getting worse. Human trafficking is a lucrative business, bringing in more than $150 billion in profits annually. While organizations worldwide are working to end this pandemic, they’ll only be successful with the help of people who know what human trafficking is and what to do if they suspect someone’s fallen victim to it.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t know how to spot the signs of human trafficking. And yes, this includes doctors.
Though victims of human trafficking often require medical attention and seek aid at their local hospital, health professionals aren’t always aware that their patients may be dealing with trauma beyond their physical injuries.
As a result, many victims are discharged without being offered the support and services they so desperately need.