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Child sex trafficking in the United States: Challenges for the healthcare provider

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dc.contributor.author Greenbaum, V. J.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-21T19:11:44Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-21T19:11:44Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Greenbaum, V. J. (2017). Child sex trafficking in the United States: Challenges for the healthcare provider. PLoS medicine, 14(11), e1002439. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002439
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3665
dc.description.abstract Summary points Victims of child sex trafficking are at high risk of numerous physical and behavioral health problems and are likely to seek medical attention. This places healthcare providers (HCPs) in a position to identify high-risk youth and offer critical services. Children are unlikely to disclose their victimization spontaneously to HCPs. To increase the likelihood that providers recognize victims and appropriately respond to their particular needs, training and resources are needed in the following 3 areas: understanding trauma and its impact on children, victim-centered and human rights–based approaches to care, and developmentally appropriate interview techniques. Building trust and establishing the rapport needed to allow a child victim to disclose exploitation typically requires time. This may be difficult to allocate in busy medical settings. Screening tools, division of responsibilities among staff, and prioritization of assessment for trafficking may help to address this problem. Trafficked children have a wide range of physical, mental health, educational, and social needs that are best met by multidisciplinary collaboration of HCPs, victim service providers, government agencies, and other stakeholders. Development of detailed hospital/clinic protocols will assist HCPs in accessing appropriate community and national resources. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher PLoS medicine en_US
dc.subject domestic minor sex trafficking en_US
dc.subject physicians en_US
dc.subject healthcare professionals en_US
dc.subject identification en_US
dc.title Child sex trafficking in the United States: Challenges for the healthcare provider en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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