Most Americans consider trafficking to be a devastation that happens far from home. This could not be further from the truth. Trafficking is prevalent in the United States. With certainty, it happens in your city. Trafficking most often takes on 2 forms – sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
SEX TRAFFICKING. An estimated 1.6 million American children have become victims of sex trafficking. Pimps prey on vulnerable children, targeting runaways or those from broken families. The crisis is quite domestic.
LABOR TRAFFICKING. An estimated 17,000 people are trafficked into the United States every year. They are promised jobs in America, yet upon arrival the story changes. They are stripped of any belongings and documents. Outrageous debts are imposed for the expenses incurred bringing them here. Forced to work horrendous hours, they often have no days off. They are never allowed to leave the work/living situation. Often they are beaten, raped and violently threatened.
Human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise in the world. An estimated 87 million dollars is generated everyday by the human trafficking industry.
As a future physician, you possess an important role in ending this atrocity. 28% of trafficking survivors said they came in contact with a health care provider during their trafficking situation and were NOT recognized. YOU have the unique position and the power to identify and help these victims. But first, you must know the signs.
Not only is human trafficking a social justice issue, but it is a global health devastation. Trafficking accounts for a large percentage of the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. Sex trafficking spreads HIV. If you want to strangle the AIDS epidemic, it’s critical to pull up the ugly, mangled root of sex trafficking.
Human trafficking imprisons people in situations of abuse with no access to healthcare. The victims are in danger of extreme health problems – malnutrition, disease, abuse, and more. This is absolutely unacceptable.
As future physicians, let’s use the privilege of our position to STOP MODERN DAY SLAVERY.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING STOPS WITH ME.