Survivor-Informed Recommendations for Health Care Professionals on How to Better Treat Victims of Sex Trafficking

Survivor-Informed Recommendations for Health Care Professionals on How to Better Treat Victims of Sex Trafficking
Research paper
Description: 
Human trafficking is deemed by many as a worldwide epidemic that is affecting millions of people of all races, genders and social statuses. This research focuses directly on sex trafficking and how the victims of the commercial sex trade perceive their lives to intersect with the healthcare system. Healthcare professionals are at a unique vantage point because they are often one of the only direct contacts from the outside world with victims of sex trafficking. Minimal valid and reliable screening tools and protocols are implemented in hospitals or clinics that allow for adequate identification and treatment of these patients. The purpose of this study is to allow survivor voices to highlight the problems with how victims of sex trafficking are treated by the healthcare system and to amplify survivor recommendations to healthcare professionals on how to screen for, identify, communicate with and treat this vulnerable population. This study used a mixed-methods approach incorporating questionnaires and two separate discussion-based focus groups. Drawing on grounded theory, common qualitative themes emerged from the data to form the conclusions in this study. These themes were identified as Red Flags, Barriers to Treatment, Verbal Communication and Treatment Recommendations. The results offer knowledge, insight and recommendations from firsthand experiences that may be helpful to healthcare professionals when encountering victims of sex trafficking within hospitals or clinics.

Tabs

WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00015197
Subscribe to Survivor-Informed Recommendations for Health Care Professionals on How to Better Treat Victims of Sex Trafficking