Migration, sexual exploitation, and women's health: A case report from a community health center

Elizabeth Miller, Michele R. Decker, Jay G. Silverman, Anita Raj

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An estimated 50,000 women and children are annually trafficked into the United States, resulting in complex health and social consequences and significant risk for violence. This article presents a case of a trafficked woman identified in the U.S. health system and describes the vulnerabilities to forced prostitution as a result of trafficking and the challenges in providing an effective and comprehensive response to meet safety and health care needs. Health care providers are in a unique position to identify and support U.S. sex trafficking victims; thus, education and training for health care professionals on trafficking is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-497
Number of pages12
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2007



  • Health care
  • Human trafficking
  • Violence against women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies

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