Human Trafficking (PDF

Submitted by Dr. Ed Koch

WHEREAS, human trafficking, defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or
obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for
the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bonding or slavery, is a
rising problem in the commonwealth of Virginia, and

WHEREAS, in Virginia in 2016, there were 152 cases of human trafficking discovered, an increase
over 2015, and there is evidence that many more exist, and

WHEREAS, 80% of the individuals are women, so that these individuals may require emergency room
services or appointments with an obstetrician and gynecologist, and

WHEREAS, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology has developed policies and
opinions about this public health problem, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that MSV develop a policy to assist physicians in the Commonwealth to identify these
individuals and provide guidelines that allow physicians to report their concerns to the
appropriate governmental agencies with anonymity.

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