What Do EMS Professionals Know about Human Trafficking? Assessing the Impact of Training
Author ORCID Identifier
0000-0001-5647-6903 : Carly Charron
Journal of Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking, EMS, Emergency Medical Services, Training, Identification, Prevention, Emergency Medicine
Targeted training has resulted in increased identification of human trafficking (HT) by hospital staff. Such initiatives have not been replicated in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which is problematic since these professionals are uniquely positioned to identify and intervene. To address this gap, this study evaluates the efficacy of an online training module designed for EMS personnel to recognize and intervene with human trafficking. Respondents (n = 237) answered questions about HT indicators, previous training on HT, frequency of suspected contact with HT, and demographic characteristics. Data were collected voluntarily and anonymously and analyzed using descriptive and bivariate statistics. Primary findings indicate that the likelihood of suspecting HT based on indicators of trafficking as well as self-reported knowledge and familiarity of HT indicators increased significantly after training (p
Charron, Carly M.; Valenzuela, Brianna Elaine Mrs.; Donnelly, Elizabeth A. Dr.; and Oehme, Karen J.D.. (2020). What Do EMS Professionals Know about Human Trafficking? Assessing the Impact of Training. Journal of Human Trafficking, 1-13.