The Health Care Issues Involved In Human Trafficking
Marketplace reports with a series of stories on how health care professionals play a key role in efforts to curb human trafficking.
Health Care Takes On The Fight Against Trafficking
Trafficking can mean being locked in a room, having an RFID chip injected under your skin, or something like your employer holding your passport. It’s found in industries from prostitution to manufacturing to domestic service. Breaking this cycle of violence traditionally has been left to law enforcement. But in the last three years, people in healthcare are waking up to the fact that they can play a critical role. (Gorenstein, 3/2)
This Is What Happened When A Trafficking Victim Finally Got The Chance To Run
Traffickers often are master manipulators, using whatever leverage to keep victims under control. It can be flattery, gifts, even affection. In this case, 50-year old Darrell controlled 19-year old Jolene through fear – threatening her and threatening to hurt the few people close to her. ... To Jolene, the only thing that did matter was getting out of this life. And one night the stars seemed to align. After a botched ear piercing, Jolene had a serious infection. Darrell dropped her off at an ER in Boston. She was alone. Here it was, Jolene’s chance to escape. (Gorenstein, 3/3)