Human Trafficking is both a criminal act and a human rights violation that affects individuals and communities worldwide, including in urban, suburban, and rural areas. As a health care issue, trafficking affects people of every age, gender, race, nationality, class, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and immigration status. The physical and psychological trauma caused by human trafficking is undeniably enormous; its impact on the health of patients, communities, and society at -large is only just the beginning to be determined. It is important for Medical Personnel to stay informed on signs of human trafficking. Click here for an overview.
The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Human Trafficking Initiative and the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention have worked in partnership to create the first edition of the Human Trafficking: Guidebook on Identification, Assessment, and Response in Health Care Setting. This guidebook provides an overview of human trafficking, describes its clinical manifestations, and offers guidance for health care professionals regarding identification, assessment, care, and follow-up.