The Importance of Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in a Dental Setting




Wallace, Peyton
Cade, Alena
Trevino, Lauren
Perez, Maria

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This study intends to determine the ability of Texas dental hygienists to recognize the signs of human trafficking and if proper training can increase that ability. Due to the recent passing of Texas House Bill 2059, which states that all healthcare professionals in Texas must complete an approved human trafficking continuing education course prior to licensure, there is a need for educational tools that discuss human trafficking red flags and possible office protocols. Human trafficking is an extensive, silent crime; victims and their perpetrators go unnoticed, so there is not an accurate estimation of the victims involved. Victims frequently attend dental appointments making it critical for dental hygienists to be able to recognize the signs associated with human trafficking and be prepared to handle and report the occurrence. After conducting this research, the research team has determined that further research is needed on the subject.


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