- 23 Aug
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.
StolenYouth and our partners, including Seattle Against Slavery and the Center for Children and Youth Justice, are working to change this. Over the past year, with support from Seattle Rotary 4 and the Norcliffe Foundation, StolenYouth and our partners have mobilized medically trained expertise from the trafficking-informed community to convene a healthcare summit as a call to action, produce a training video/webinar for medical professionals, and are undertaking ongoing training of health professionals across Puget Sound — with the goal of bringing the health care community to the forefront of anti-trafficking efforts and ensuring the provision of survivor-informed care and services to victims—especially vulnerable youth>