Human Trafficking: An EMS Perspective (v2)
Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud, coercion, or manipulation to get someone to provide labor, services, or commercial sex acts against their will. Traffickers use emotional manipulation and threats to control their victims in order to make money from their forced labor or commercial sex.
As an EMS provider, you have an opportunity to offer support and compassion to someone trapped in this situation, where victims are often vulnerable populations like youth, homeless people, elderly people, foster children, immigrants, LGBTQ, people in poverty, or others.
The program reviews:
- What human trafficking is, as well as the myths and misconceptions surrounding it
- The pervasiveness of human trafficking
- Common red flags to look for when responding to a call
- What EMS providers can do if they suspect human trafficking is occurring, and what tools or resources they can use to help the victim
Featuring Rodney Daniels, MA, EMT, Asst Fire Chief (retired). Sarah Nedeau, New Day Manager at New Avenues for Youth and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Attorney General Sexual Assault Task Force. Ashley Anstett, Criminal Justice Coordinator, Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. Robin Miller, survivor, advocate, and lived experience expert. Nita Belles, Author, Founder and Executive Director of In Our Backyard. Thomas Countermine, NRP, TP-C, Supervisory Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations. John Johnson, NR-EMTp, Firefighter/Paramedic, Mobile Fire Department. Christopher Shannon, NR-EMTp, Captain, Firefighter/Paramedic, Howard County, Maryland.