APHA GPH Film Festival - Human Trafficking and Exploitation
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Arguably, human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the USA and throughout the world and now second to drugs and weapons trafficking for organized crime. It is clearly a human rights abuse of global proportions. Victims are coerced and tricked into this ‘work” and find it nearly impossible to escape. Here in the USA, media coverage of human trafficking linked to sites such as Backpage, Craig’s list and Ashley Madison have created further awareness to many who may have thought this was a distant concern. Victims endure assaults beyond the physical as the emotional and mental toll are immense and deeply complex. Sex trafficking is the most common type of trafficking, impacting youth and women, yet males are victimized too. Forced and bonded labor and domestic servitude is yet another large component of trafficking. What is going on with this seemingly proliferation of abuse and what can those working with the public do to help prevent and intervene? --- Often victims---and potential victims--come in direct contact with those working in health/public health and other caring professions including law enforcement. This presents a prime opportunity for prevention and intervention. First step is to become informed and aware. Most likely human trafficking is happening in the communities in which you live and work. See how films made by independents and governments are being used locally and globally to raise awareness and prompt action to address this difficult subject and further, preparing those working in public health and education to see what is often missed yet glaringly apparent. Post-screening, a panel of noted experts working directly to combat human trafficking will discuss current information, strategies and resources available.
Note: These films include graphic images and content that may disturb viewers or trigger post-traumatic response.
A discussion will follow with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, In Plain Sight and Finding Home.
Session Objectives: Discuss human exploitation locally, nationally, and globally. Describe how individuals are exploited for sex and labor and what is being done to prevent and address this issue.
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by: APHA-Global Public Health Film Festival
Endorsed by: International Health, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, School Health Education and Services, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)