An Introduction to Health Professionals’ Role in Addressing Human Trafficking

Riley Golby


It is estimated that 2.4 million individuals around the world are trafficked each year. Human trafficking continues to be a complex issue mostly affecting those who are female, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and from marginalized ethnicities. Despite 28% to 50% of trafficked individuals presenting to health providers, health professionals are not well equipped to clinically assist these individuals. This paper discusses the current training opportunities and interventional paradigms in the Lower Mainland, and proposes improvements necessary for health providers to effectively tackle this issue.

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