Domestic Child Trafficking: Assessment of Pediatric Residents' Knowledge and Educational Needs

Published:March 03, 2014DOI:
      In 2010, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated that 100,000 U.S. children are traded for sex each year. Trafficked children often suffer both physical and psychological trauma, and roughly 1/3 of these children see a healthcare professional while still in captivity. We hypothesize that pediatric resident physicians will place importance on knowing about human trafficking but will lack basic knowledge about the scope of the problem and existing resources for patients and healthcare practitioners.
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