Human Trafficking: Recognition Signs and Help for Victims
2.0 Contact Hours

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Written by: Karen Truman, PhD

To successfully complete this course and receive your certificate, you must read the content online or in the downloadable PDF, pass the post test with a 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form December 1, 2021.

You will only be asked to pay for the course if you decide to grade the post examination to earn a certificate with contact hours.

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This course meets Florida Board of Nursing continuing education requirement for a two hour course on human trafficking.

Course Description

This course is designed for all medical professionals who may encounter a victim of human trafficking. In order to be able to help a human trafficking victim, one must first have knowledge of the different motivations for human trafficking, the factors that place a person at an increased risk of becoming a victim, how traffickers take advantage of vulnerable people, and how to recognize a victim. Understanding and knowing the procedures of how to intervene, the questions to ask, and reporting possible human trafficking victims are important steps for medical professionals. The referral hotline, crisis assistance, information, and resources are critical for you to know in order to assist the possible victims under your care.

Learning Objectives

Human Trafficking

After completing this course, participants should be able to:


Human trafficking is not something that is always easy to define, or sometimes, even talk about. The sex trade is often thought about as a very grown-up activity - strip clubs, massage parlors, prostitution, often with seemingly nameless, faceless victims. Many people only picture women who have been forced into a life of sex in some faraway, foreign place. It’s a common misconception that human trafficking happens somewhere else. In reality, it can be happening right down the road from where you work, in your city, and even in your own neighborhood.

According to U.S. law, human trafficking has been defined as "sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery" (Human Rights First, 2017, para. 2). Despite efforts to prevent it, human trafficking has become a rising worldwide social concern. Human trafficking (also termed human slavery) is an abuse that affects all ethnicities, genders, and age groups. Healthcare workers, in all fields, are more and more required to be cognizant of the issue of human trafficking, know how to recognize it, and know how to intervene. While law enforcement agencies and the law are there to fight human trafficking, those in the healthcare fields are being confronted over and over with the crushing and demoralizing effects this type of abuse has -- not only on the individuals -- but entire families and communities.