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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Human Trafficking

With our new blog, we want to bring things into the light—concerns, questions, controversy, capture what’s on your mind, and hopefully engage a few passersby.

I can’t think of a more important topic to bring into the light than human trafficking—an issue nurses can impact any and everywhere. Learn how to recognize health concerns and red flags, ask appropriate screening questions, and take proactive steps to combat trafficking in JCN’s free continuing education article Helping Human Trafficking Victims In Our Backyard. Keep learning with the AJN free CE article, The Role of the Nursing in Combating Human Trafficking. Pass the links on so more nurses can learn how to confront trafficking.

Today I received an email telling of a nurse who just last night talked with a mom in the free medical clinic at her church's Community Center. The mom suspects her barely teenage daughter is being prostituted. Thankfully this nurse did all the right things and contacted the right people.

Would you know what to do?

Are nursing schools teaching students (entry level and beyond) how to recognize and respond to trafficking? Is trafficking discussed in emergency rooms, on hospital units, in outpatient clinics? Have you encountered a victim or a trafficker in your nursing?

Join the discussion and let’s bring this dark problem into the light.


Dr. Joanne S. Beckman Ph.D. said:
Thank you for bringing this issue to nurses' attention. Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it needs to be brought to the attention of the public. Nurses can be a part of the solution.
Ms. Luberta D. McDonald said:
Thank you for highlighting this. We need a constant reminder to stay alert to this and do all that we can to prevent it and STOP it. The enemy is so busy, but our GOD is ruler overall!
About the Author

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, serves as editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing and as a per diem staff nurse in behavioral health in Wichita, Kansas.