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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000394289.55577.b6
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The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking

Sabella, Donna PhD, RN

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Abstract

Overview: Human trafficking, also called modern slavery, happens worldwide—and the United States is no exception. Within our borders, thousands of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, many of them children, are forced or coerced into sex work or various forms of labor every year. Nurses and other health care providers who encounter victims of trafficking often don't realize it, and opportunities to intervene are lost. Although no one sign can demonstrate with certainty when someone is being trafficked, there are several indicators that clinicians should know. This article provides an overview of human trafficking, describes how to recognize signs that a person is being trafficked and how to safely intervene, and offers an extensive resource list.

Keywords: debt bondage, human trafficking, labor trafficking, modern slavery, sex trafficking, trafficking in persons

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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