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The role of medical responders in the fight against human trafficking
EMS responders must first recognize that human trafficking and child sex-trafficking exists in their community and understand that they are on the frontlines
By Leischen Stelter
American Military University
As an emergency responder, chances are you have treated victims of human trafficking and child sex-trafficking and did not recognize it, or, if you did suspect something, you may not have known what to do.
During the EMS Today Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. on February 7, Dr. Ramsey Tate, a fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico, gave a riveting and inspiring talk about the critical role EMS responders have in the fight against human trafficking.
“Each of you is powerful against human trafficking,” she said. “It is an uncomfortable and challenging topic and it’s not easy to discuss,” but medical responders can do something about it by educating themselves about what to look for and how to respond.
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