Human Trafficking - Clinical Addition 101


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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Educational Need

Human trafficking is a crime where one person exploits another for labor, services, or commercial sex, using force, fraud, or coercion (or where the person induced is under 18 years of age, in the case of a commercial sex act under U.S. law).

The crime also includes the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a human being for these purposes and in these ways. Human trafficking is included under the umbrella term ‘modern-day slavery,’ where victims cannot leave a situation of exploitation and are controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion, or deception.

Human trafficking does not require the transportation of individuals across state lines or that someone is physically restrained. Signs that a person is being trafficked can include working excessively long hours, unexplained gifts, physical injury, substance abuse, running away from home, isolation from others, or being controlled or closely monitored by another. Like most crimes, human trafficking may be hidden from public view, and it can be challenging to determine the incidence and prevalence of the crime.

Human Trafficking Facts

  • From January through October 2023, the Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking documented 71 human trafficking tips and leads, with 58 of those received from law enforcement field encounters, the Crime Stoppers tip line, and the website. The remaining 13 were received from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH).
  • $245 billion is made each year from human trafficking; that’s over $7,500 every second.
  • Women and girls make up 54% of all victims worldwide and are 78% of victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Many U.S. businesses have human trafficking in their supply chains without even knowing it.
  • Victims are told that police are corrupt and that seeking help leads to being deported.
  • In 2021, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 10,360 reports of suspected human trafficking cases involving 16,710 victims.
  • Traffickers make threats against victims’ families, using fear and shame as weapons.
  • 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported are likely to be sex trafficking victims.
  • Human trafficking and people smuggling are different things.

Types of Exploitation

  • Sexual exploitation
  • Forced labor
  • Domestic servitude
  • Criminal exploitation
  • Forced marriage


  1. Define human trafficking.
  2. Identify the diverse contexts and locations in which human trafficking exists.
  3. Recognize indicators of human trafficking within healthcare settings.
  4. Implement appropriate protocols for the compassionate care and support of trafficking survivors. 
  5. Describe effective strategies for collaborating between healthcare professionals and law enforcement agencies to identify, report, and respond to human trafficking cases.


Renate Bassford
Survivor of Human Trafficking 

David Gonzalez
Senior Investigator, Midwest Region, Hope for Justice US

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Recording date: May 2, 2024
Date of original release: May 2, 2024
Most recent review/update: May 2, 2024
Termination date: May 1, 2026

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The activity director is responsible for determining educational content and selecting speakers. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Renate Bassford - Speaker
  • David Gonzalez - Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON


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