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Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;40(1):124-8. doi: 10.1007/s40596-014-0245-1. Epub 2014 Nov 15.

A Pathway to Freedom: An Evaluation of Screening Tools for the Identification of Trafficking Victims.

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1
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
2
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA. jhc@bcm.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Because training residents and faculty to identify human trafficking victims is a major public health priority, the authors review existing assessment tools.

METHODS:

PubMed and Google were searched using combinations of search terms including human, trafficking, sex, labor, screening, identification, and tool.

RESULTS:

Nine screening tools that met the inclusion criteria were found. They varied greatly in length, format, target demographic, supporting resources, and other parameters. Only two tools were designed specifically for healthcare providers. Only one tool was formally assessed to be valid and reliable in a pilot project in trafficking victim service organizations, although it has not been validated in the healthcare setting.

CONCLUSIONS:

This toolbox should facilitate the education of resident physicians and faculty in screening for trafficking victims, assist educators in assessing screening skills, and promote future research on the identification of trafficking victims.

KEYWORDS:

Education; Human trafficking; Identification; Screening tools

PMID:
25398267
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-014-0245-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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