Child Sex Trafficking in the Health Care Setting: Recommendations for Practice

Sunday, 27 July 2014: 10:30 AM

Cathy Miller, MSN
Nursing, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dallas, TX


            The child sex trafficking (CST) industry can be conceptualized as a broad phenomenon encompassing such human rights violations as survival sex, forced prostitution, debt bondage, child sex tourism and is incorporated under the umbrella of human trafficking. The estimates of CST vary greatly from 600,000 to 2.5 million.  This variance can in part be attributed to health  care provider lack of education and best practices on the recognition, intervention, and referral of CST survivors.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a foundation for health care providers on the recognition, medical and nursing management, and referral of CST survivors.  The goals are 1) to increase health care provider competency and confidence when caring for survivors of CST which will contribute to improve mental and physical health outcomes for survivors, 2) contribute to reliable data for research collection, law enforcement, and governmental agencies, and 3) increase prosecution of offenders. 

Covered topics include:

  • Recognition in the health care environment
  • Appropriate interview techniques
  • Nursing interview and management
  • Safety-provider and survivor
  • Documentation
  • Importance of forensics
  • Referral sources

     The target audience is Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses.