During National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Ohio's Attorney General announces new training to introduce healthcare professionals
to the signs of labor trafficking.
 

Ohio's Attorney General says healthcare workers can be on the front lines in identifying kids, teens, and adults being trafficked for labor. 

Often victims of trafficking have limited contact with others, but the emergency is one place where they will show up with injuries or health issues.  

The National Institutes of Health states that 88% of trafficking survivors report having had contact with a healthcare professional.

"The one thing a trafficker has to do is keep their workers healthy because a sick or dead worker doesn't do you any good, so one of the few outside people that a survivor of labor trafficking is going to see it might be an emergency room nurse or emergency room doc, and knowing the signs and being able to understand this might not be something's not right might be their best shot at freedom," Attorney General Dave Yost said. 
 
Trafficking victims may be undocumented and remain silent for fear of being reported so the Health Care Subcommittee for the state Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission worked with Mount Carmel Health System to develop educational videos. 
 
The goal is to help healthcare professionals recognize, treat and respond safely to provide intervention in the healthcare setting.
 
The goal is to stop modern slavery.
 
"We all remember the stain on America's soul that was slavery and we fought a civil war to end it. It's amazing to understand 
that it still happens right here in America," Attorney General Yost added. 
 
You can find the videos on the Ohio Attorney General's website by searching for labor trafficking health care training videos and on YouTube.