Sex Trafficking: Health Consequences and Why Victims Stay


Celia McIntosh, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CCRN, CEN, SCRN, CNRN | September 20 | 10:15-11:15 AM

Topic: Healthcare | Knowledge Level: Beginner, Intermediate | Location: TBD

Human trafficking victims often suffer many physical and psychological health consequences. It’s often challenging to identify victims of human trafficking because they often do not self-identify, are isolated, have increased self-hatred, and fear retaliation. While being exploited, 9/10 victims come in contact with health care providers but sadly are under recognized. Health care professional are in a unique position to help identify and treat these victims. Thanks to the momentum of education and awareness on this topic over the last five years, we are coming to know that human trafficking exists in the United States. This presentation will give a general overview of the health implications and give health care practitioners effective strategies to help work with these difficult mindsets and the health complexities and consequences that intersect while being trafficked.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Present current literature as it applies to the intersection of health care and sex trafficking

·  Discuss the health implications of sex trafficking victims

·  Discuss the mindset of human trafficking victims and why they stay

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