An area health system is doing it’s part to try and educate the public about human trafficking. And they’re not alone.
That’s right, in fact, a host of area businesses and public buildings in the Show Me State must have posters just like this one on display by the end of this week as the result of the passage of House Bill 1246 into law. One of the places you’ll find them is several locations within the Freeman Health System.
Employees in the Freeman Health System put up posters like this one Wednesday in the Emergency Department as well as both Urgent Care locations and the Women’s Pavilion. It’s part of an educational push to eradicate human trafficking. It provides information on how to report cases of suspected trafficking by health care professionals or victims themselves.
“A lot of times, someone who is a victim of trafficking comes to the emergency department for various reasons and even if they aren’t ready to reveal that to the person taking care of them or the staff in the emergency department, if they just see that and maybe they can follow up and get that information and follow up later,” says Karen Scott, R.N., Forensic Nurse Examiner.
The poster, which by law has to be on display no later than March 1st, is part of an educational effort by the health system to recognize the signs that someone, male or female, may be trapped in that industry.
“What we’re looking for is someone who may be with someone who is very controlling, doesn’t want them to leave them alone or answer for them, someone who’s very scripted as far as not sure where they’re at, what city they’re in or frequent presenters for things like sexually transmitted infections, not have regular family care doctor or primary care provider,” says Karen Scott.
“88% of all survivors have said they’ve had contact sometime during their victimization with healthcare, and yet only 2% of all reports come from healthcare, so we’re getting better as we’re learning the importance of healthcare finding those red flag indicators and speaking out and helping these individuals,” says Karolyn Schrage, R.I.S.E. Coalition, Regional Intervention of Sexual Exploitation.
Other places the signs must be displayed across the Show Me State include airports, bus and train stations, strip clubs, message businesses and truck stops.