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Running head: Human Trafficking Education 1 Policy Priority Issue—Human Trafficking Education Audrey Hubler Chamberlain University NR 506 Healthcare Policy May 2017 Session
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Human Trafficking Education 2 Policy Priority Issue—Human Trafficking Education Human trafficking education is the focus of my policy priority for this assignment. Human trafficking does not just affect adults because victims are targeted in their youth. It is imperative that our educators, health care workers, law enforcement and social workers are educated to identify, the appropriate way to approach and then assist these victims. Children need to be educated as well to prevent them from becoming victims. Charlie Davis, Missouri state representative is the policy maker that I have chosen to address this issue with as he has been involved with legislation regarding human trafficking. Key Points The topic I have chosen centers around human trafficking and the need for more training and education. School-age children are the most vulnerable to the manipulation and exploitation tactics of human traffickers [Hum17]. The average age of when human trafficking starts is 12-17 years of age, as reported by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (Human Trafficking and Minors, 2015). Due to this it is imperative our educators, public service employees and health care workers have the proper training to properly identify and assist those victims. According the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) , in 2015 they received reports of 5,500 cases in the United States, with over 29% (over 1600) of those concerned minor victims (Hotline Statistics, n.d.) According to the International Labour Organization, children accounted for 26 percent of the 20.9 million victims worldwide in 2012 which equals 5.5 million children. Foreign national children and United States citizens are trafficked for sex and labor in the United States. Many of the child victims of human trafficking are students in the American school system. There is no community or socioeconomic group
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Human Trafficking Education 3 immune to becoming victims of human trafficking. These cases of trafficking are being reported in communities across the county, not just in large metropolitan areas (Human Trafficking in America's Schools, n.d.). These young people are at risk for serious short and long-term mental
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