Human trafficking: the role of the health care provider

J Midwifery Womens Health. 2010 Sep-Oct;55(5):462-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2009.12.017.


Human trafficking is a major public health problem, both domestically and internationally. Health care providers are often the only professionals to interact with trafficking victims who are still in captivity. The expert assessment and interview skills of providers contribute to their readiness to identify victims of trafficking. The purpose of this article is to provide clinicians with knowledge on trafficking and give specific tools that they may use to assist victims in the clinical setting. Definitions, statistics, and common health care problems of trafficking victims are reviewed. The role of the health care provider is outlined through a case study and clinical practice tools are provided. Suggestions for future research are also briefly addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Crime Victims*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel / organization & administration
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Minors
  • Sex Offenses
  • Sex Work*
  • War Crimes*
  • Young Adult