Health Care Providers on the Frontlines of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

 Nearly 88% of sex trafficking victims report accessing health care while being trafficked, especially since too many live in a cycle of abuse. Until recently, the majority of health care providers have not been trained on the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation in the Puget Sound region, and have not been trained to identify risk factors. And, notwithstanding the frequency of victims visiting health care providers, 95% of Emergency Room staff report no training on treating child sex exploitation victims and no knowledge of local resources available for victim care and support...


The Issue

  • A sex trafficker will approach one in three runaway teens on the street within 48 hours after leaving home.

    National Runaway Hotline

  • The median age of entry into sex trafficking in the US is 13-14 years old.

    US Department of Justice

  • In a King County, WA, sting operation, an online ad for a 15-year-old girl for sale received 250 unique callers of interested buyers. In just 2 hours.

    King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

  • Upwards of 500 children and youth are bought and sold in King County annually.

    “Who Pays the Price? Assessment of Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle” report, written by Debra Boyer, PhD | Commissioned by the City of Seattle

Our Response

  • 600

    Survivors Assisted

  • Hotel Staff Trained

  • Teens Reached

  • Purchases Disrupted

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