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EMS professionals: critical partners in human trafficking response
  1. Alyssa F Harlow1,
  2. Emily F Rothman2,
  3. Sophia Dyer3,
  4. Hanni Stoklosa4
  1. 1 Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2 Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4 Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Alyssa F Harlow; afharlow{at}

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EMJ brought to the attention of emergency physicians the pressing public health issue of human trafficking in its podcast ‘Detecting human trafficking: a life-saving diagnosis in the emergency room’.1 A recent news article in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) World by Amato now highlights the role first responders have in breaking the cycle of human trafficking violence.2 EMS providers can leverage their access to vulnerable populations to identify and advocate for trafficking victims. But it is estimated that less than half of EMS providers have ever received training on how to identify trafficked persons, and how to intervene if they …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the original idea for the paper and the writing and revision of the manuscript. AFH performed the data analysis and wrote the original draft.

  • Funding Supported by the Lynne Stephens Award from Boston Medical Center and the Tynan Fellowship, Connors Center for Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.