Language document

Date

01 Jan 2017

Type of document

Wetenschappelijke Artikelen

Country

Keyword

Conflict areas
Health care
Ethics
Human trafficking / trafficking in persons

Organization

Christina Bloem
MD
MPH
Rikki E. Morris
DO
and Makini Chisolm-Straker

Human Trafficking in Areas of Conflict: Health Care Professionals' Duty to Act

Date

01 Jan 2017

Abstract

Given the significant global burden of human trafficking, the ability of clinicians to identify and provide treatment for trafficked persons is critical. Particularly in conflict settings, health care facilities often serve as the first and sometimes only point of contact for trafficked persons. As such, medical practitioners have a unique opportunity and an ethical imperative to intervene, even in nonclinical roles. With proper training, medical practitioners can assist trafficked persons by documenting human trafficking cases, thereby placing pressure on key stakeholders to enforce legal protections, and by providing adequate services to those trafficked.