Hidden in Plain Sight: A Guide to Human Trafficking for Home Healthcare Clinicians

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Human trafficking is a global problem reaping $150 billion annually, mainly from commercial sex or forced labor activities involving adult and child victims. Eighty-seven percent of human trafficking victims are known to have been seen by a healthcare provider at least once during the time held captive, but due to lack of awareness, this opportunity to identify and aid victims is often missed. Home healthcare providers have access to homes where human trafficking victims may be hidden in plain sight. It is critical that home healthcare providers know the signs of human trafficking, how to screen a potential victim, how to report any suspicious activities, and ways to remain safe while working in the community. If a human trafficking victim or perpetrator is identified or even suspected, home healthcare providers should move to a safe location and call the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888).

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