212966 Sex Trafficking and the Nursing Role in its Prevention and Intervention

Monday, November 9, 2009: 3:10 PM

Diane Kjervik, JD, RN, FAAN , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC
Susan Young, BSN, RN , School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Sex trafficking is a hidden, but common, crime with health implications. Nurses practice, teach and conduct research in communities and agencies where victims of sex trafficking are located and may seek health care or other help. However, nurses typically are unaware of the signs of neglect and abuse suffered by these victims and may confuse these signs with evidence of domestic violence or sexual assault. This presentation will review the signs and symptoms associated with the abuse of sex trafficking victims at various stages of entrapment: 1) recruitment, 2) transit, 3) detention and exploitation, and 4) rescue. A model of assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of nursing care of sex trafficking victims has yet to be developed; however, the presenters will offer insights about identifying and treating these victims based on empirical evidence from the literature. These insights will reflect interview strategies that are appropriate and fruitful for use in each of four stages of entrapment. Resources for additional information and reporting suspected cases will be shared. For instance, the Polaris Project in Washington, D.C offers a toll-free hotline (1-888-3737-888) to the public for understanding the facts about sex trafficking or reporting suspected cases.

Learning Objectives:
1. To describe evidence of entrapment that nurses may encounter in agency and community settings 2. To discuss interview strategies nurses can use to evaluate whether a patient is a victim of sex trafficking 3. To propose an intervention model nurses can test and use when sex trafficking is suspected

Keywords: Nurses, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Nursing and HR expert
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.