An Introduction to Health Professionals’ Role in Addressing Human Trafficking

Riley Golby, Sian Hsiang-Te Tsuei, Alisha Zacharias

ABSTRACT

It is estimated that 2.4 million individuals around the world are trafficked each year. Human trafficking continues to be a complex issue mostly affecting those who are female, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and from marginalized ethnicities. Despite 28 % to 50 % of trafficked individuals presenting to health providers, health professionals are not well equipped to clinically assist these individuals. This paper discusses current approaches of supporting trafficked victims in Canada, and proposes improvements necessary for health providers to more effectively address this issue.

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Golby R, Tsuei SH, Zacharias AU. An Introduction to Health Professionals’ Role in Addressing Human Trafficking. UBCMJ. 2015; 6(2):28-30.