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Sex Trafficking and the Role of the Health Care, Social Service and Law Enforcement Professionals

Sex trafficking is a crime affecting every community across the globe and is a growing public health crisis. Unfortunately, familiar evidence of the atrocity continues unchecked and unrecognized within health and social service systems. Most health care professionals and social service leaders routinely surround the scope of the problem and lack understanding on how to effectually intervene. Awareness is the first step in highlighting the issue; however, effectively addressing and systemically altering the current dilemmas surrounding this multifaceted problem requires careful assessment and integration of several crucial components. The integration of best practices, ongoing research, and dynamic protocols, closure of gaps in fragmented aftercare services, and multidisciplinary collaboration with social work and law enforcement is direly needed. Awareness must be coupled with action. Strategic collaboration with community NGO’s and service providers with efforts to integrate services systemically centered on victims and seeded in trauma informed care is necessary. Holistically addressing this problem requires a four-pronged methodology not only of awareness and education, but also including limiting supply (prevention), decreasing demand (prosecution), and improving the process of rescue and restoration of victims’ lives. Leaders in the medical and social service community own a responsibility to appropriately identify, effectively address, and integrate the practices necessary for comprehensive patient outcomes in this health and human well-being issue. Please contact us today to learn more about scheduling a professional training with Hoʻōla Nā Pua.

General Objectives:

  1. Describe the problem of sex trafficking/ Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)/ Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and the scope of the issue.
  2. Describe risk factors associated with sex trafficking.
  3. Discuss victim identification, red flags, and indicators.
  4. Explain how to approach a victim.
  5. Describe role of the health care and social service provider.
  6. Develop a plan for disposition and treatment after identification.
  7. Describe multidisciplinary collaborative efforts.

General Outline:

  1. Epidemiology (understanding scope of sex trafficking)
    1. Acknowledge the scope of the issue in America.
    2. Recognize the environment of the crime.
    3. Identify the victims.
    4. Identify the perpetrators.
    5. Understand the supply of and demand for victims.
  2. Understanding the “game” and the players
    1. Victim mindset
    2. Breaking-in process
  3. Symptomatology – How this atrocity presents itself
    1. Physical indicators
    2. Psycho-social indicators
    3. Trauma and the brain
  4. Intervention Strategies
    1. Approach / Assessment
    2. Terminology
    3. Safety
    4. Legalities
  5. The Role of the Health Care and Social Service Professional
    1. Multidisciplinary approach
    2. Collaboration essentials
    3. Protocol development
    4. Aftercare resources
    5. Prevention strategies
    6. Research limitations
    7. Clinical pearls
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