New Initiative To Help ER Workers Spot Human Trafficking

CBS Miami

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Emergency room doctors and nurses are often the only contact victims of human trafficking have with the outside world, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday while launching an initiative aimed to train emergency workers how to identify signs of trafficking.

Under the plan, emergency room workers will be trained to ask certain questions of people who show signs of being trafficked. Those questions run the line of “Who is that person with you?” to “Do you ever feel pressured to do something you didn’t want to do?” to “Has anyone approached you asking you to get involved in prostitution?”

If the suspicions are confirmed, the emergency workers are encouraged to separate the victim from anyone accompanying them and contact a national trafficking hotline to report the case.

Florida ranks No. 3 in the nation for number of calls to a national trafficking hotline, according to…

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