Sex Trafficking Awareness for the Healthcare Professional

This course was developed by the, Human Trafficking Response Program to help nursing professionals identify potential victims of sex trafficking in a clinical setting and how to properly treat these patients and report related criminal activity to law enforcement officials.

This course is presented by three experts in human and sex trafficking:

  • Former FBI special agent and President of Human Trafficking Investigations and Training Institute (HTITI), Greg Bristol
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Jessica Peck 
  • Sex trafficking survivor and expert, K.D. Roche


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the history and statistics of sex trafficking in the US.
  2. Explain the important role nursing professionals play in identifying sex trafficking victims.
  3. State the impact of sex trafficking on victims.
  4. Discuss the criminal implications of sex trafficking.
  5. Recognize common victims.
  6. Identify signs of sex trafficking in victims.
  7. Interpret the major components of the US Strategic Action Plan to fight human trafficking.
  8. Summarize a nurses’ unique role in helping victims and stopping sex trafficking in the US.


Chapter 1: Introduction – Overview of Sex Trafficking in America

  • History of Human Trafficking
  • Statistics on Sex Trafficking
  • Importance of Nursing Professionals in Identifying Possible Victims

Chapter 2: The Patients Perspective

  • A Survivor’s Story
  • The “Grooming” Process
  • Recognizing Signs of Sex Trafficking
  • Aiding Trafficking Victims

Chapter 3: Sex Trafficking and the Role of Law Enforcement

  • Defining the Crime of Human Trafficking
  • The Stages of Human Trafficking
  • Defining who the Victims of Human Trafficking are in the US
  • Overview of the role of governments m the fight against human trafficking
  • The US strategic Plan to Fight Human Trafficking
  • Other Examples of Human Trafficking Victims Meeting Healthcare Practitioners
  • The Role Healthcare Practitioners Play
  • Red Flags of Human Trafficking

Chapter 4: Applications for the Care Provider

  • Signs of Sex Trafficking
  • Communicating with Suspected Victims of Human Trafficking

Chapter 5: The Nurse’s Perspective

  • Identifying the Characteristics of Sex Trafficking in a Clinical Setting
  • The Patient’s Mindset
  • Red Flags of Trafficking for Nurses to Recognize
  • The T.I.C. (Trauma Informed Care) Approach
  • Best Practices
  • Questions to Ask
  • If the Patient isn’t Ready to Accept Help
  • Next Steps

Chapter 6: References

  • References
  • About the Author

Price: $30.00

Contact Hours: 3

Course Author

HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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