Human trafficking and exploitation: guidance for health workers

Advice how to recognise and help victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

What every health worker can do

In all cases, health workers can improve the safety and health of trafficked persons by:

  • Being aware of the possibility of human trafficking
  • Recognising signs and symptoms
  • Broaching the subject sensitively
  • Listening and making time
  • Checking current safety position
  • Giving information and referring on to other services
  • Documenting and recording information accurately

Remember – a trafficked person may be a virtual prisoner, so seeing health staff may be a rare opportunity for him or her to tell someone about what is happening.



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