Focus On: Human Trafficking

Page reviewed and updated: January 2, 2024

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” While there are many misconceptions, it’s important to remember that human trafficking can occur in any community to any person of any age, race, gender, or nationality. Nurses are on the front lines of health care and we have a responsibility to stay informed on this global issue so that we can recognize victims, collaborate with law enforcement and other professionals, and ensure safe and effective care.

CE COLLECTION: Human Trafficking

NCPD Human Trafficking
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January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Learn to differentiate the two broad types of human trafficking, identify how to report human trafficking, list resources for victims, and more.


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NCPD Confusing Terms: A Concept Analysis of Naming Youth Trafficking
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Sex Trafficking: A Literature Review With Implications for Health Care Providers
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NCPD Human Trafficking in Rehabilitation: What Nurses Need to Know
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NCPD Mental Health Problems Among Youth Experiencing Sex Trafficking 
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