Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced the release of a new human trafficking training video designed specifically to help better educate medical pro-fessionals on how to identify victims of human traffick-ing.
It is estimated that many human trafficking victims have interactions with health care professionals during their trafficking situation. This video is designed to educate medical professionals on the crime of human trafficking, teach them how to interview and interact with potential victims and familiarize medical experts on recommended victim protocol and associated mental health, legal and social service interventions available to trafficking victims.
“Public awareness is a great first step in winning the fight against human trafficking”, said Schuette. “But helping doctors and nurses not only identify signs of a victim of trafficking but learn how to interact with a scared and distrusting young male or female victim of sex trafficking is another key step in the fight. A majority of victims come into direct contact with health professionals – those professionals have potential to make the greatest impact if they are able to immediately identify the signs of human trafficking.”
This medical professional training video was discussed as a priority in the 2016 Michigan Human Trafficking Com-mission report with was released earlier this year. The video has been accredited through the Wayne County Medical Society and Wayne State University School of Medicine so that health professionals in Michigan and around the country may obtain 1.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for viewing it.
This video provides our State a real opportunity for ways to identify, intervene and eliminate this grave and growing problem.
This video features local and federal law enforcement ,