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Andrew Griffin PhD
sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, nursing, education, ob/gyn
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery; sex trafficking is one form of human trafficking. Previous research has demonstrated that most trafficking victims encounter the healthcare system at some point during their trafficking experience. Patients who have been sex trafficked may experience profound psychological and physical trauma. Healthcare personnel are in key positions to screen for trafficking and to provide appropriate referrals; if an awareness of the problem exists. The purpose of this project was to increase OB/Gyn office staff confidence with sex trafficking screening and to complete appropriate referrals to address the identified needs. The project began with a review of warning signs, screening process and then addressed sex trafficking myths. The program concluded with the introduction of a sex trafficking resource binder and review of the referral process. Staff feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with an immediate impact being improved patient privacy during screening. The predominate limitations were staff turnover and persistent uncertainty regarding the referral process.
Sarabia, Rebecca, "Unraveling Sex Trafficking through Screening and Referrals" (2019). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 47.
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