Talking to suspected victims

Talking to suspected victims

Here is a list of questions recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help identify trafficked victims:

What prevents victims from asking for help from health professionals

Close surveillance by traffickers

Most victims report their traffickers hover near them when they are examined by a healthcare professional. The traffickers often fill out the paper work.

I didn’t tell the nurse about my situation because the man was, like, around there, so we couldn’t really talk about our situation. He was outside, but he would walk in the hallway where we were, where we were at. He would try to find a way to see if they could listen in. Marisol (Baldwin, et al, 2011, p. 41)

Believing the healthcare professional is working with the trafficker

Victims who see the same healthcare professional several times with no questions asked about why they have repeated injuries or frequent STDs or abortions believe the healthcare persons is involved in the trafficking.

Having no identification papers or money with which to escape

Threats against the safety of the victim and/or their families

Brainwashing by perpetrator