"Modern Day Slavery, On Your Local Street Corner"
PATH's own Preeti Panda published this featured opinion piece with in-Training.
Below in an excerpt from the piece where Preeti answers the question "Why should we care as future physicians?"
"Victims of sex trafficking seek health care, both while trafficked and as survivors. It is important that physicians are aware of the issue, can properly screen for victims in the clinic, and know where to refer trafficked youth. In a survey of trafficked youth in New York City, over 75 percent had visited a doctor in the last six months, and most reported that they saw doctors regularly. Victims come in to the clinic for a variety of reasons, including sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, trauma, neurologic problems or, most commonly, for a general check-up.
Physicians are in a unique position to build rapport and trust with this population in a safe setting. If trained on the signs of a trafficking victim, doctors can be a part of the crucial first step of removing a child from exploitation. It is also important for physicians to provide non-judgmental and trauma informed care for survivors of trafficking. This is common practice for the more obvious long-term issues of sex trafficking, such as mental health care and PTSD. However, survivors frequently need services from specialists such as orthopedists and neurologists. It is important that any doctor providing care to a survivor is familiar with the issue and is careful not to re-victimize the patient during the visit."