Overview of Recognition and Prevention of Child Sex Trafficking in the Primary Care Setting: A Primer for Nurse Practitioners

Brigit VanGraafeiland, Ellen Chiocca, Diana Perks, Haley Dietzman, Gail Horner

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Abstract

Child sex trafficking (CST) has become a global public health crisis and is a $150 billion criminal enterprise. Nurse practitioners are key in the recognition and prevention of CST in health care settings. Evidence demonstrates that up to 80% of CST victims have had a recent health care encounter. It is the role of the NP in practice to understand risk factors, screen for CST, and educate parents and caregivers on signs of victimization and prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • child sex trafficking
  • risk factors
  • role of nurse practitioner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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