Florida Hospitals Fight Human Trafficking

Story by: James Buechele
8-1-14

Tallahassee, Fla.

Kim Boyer works as an administrator in emergency services at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

She says ER workers are trained to ask a number of questions if they suspect abuse.

"One of them is 'do you feel safe in your relationships or threatened anyway in your relationships?'" said Boyer.

Boyer says sometimes a gut feeling can help pinpoint abuse.

"If you know that someone's right with them and won't let them talk we really try if we have intuition that there's something going on."

Florida's attorney general, Pam Bondi, announced in July a need to train all hospital staff across the state to identify victims of human trafficking. Bondi spoke with doctors in Tallahassee who say they need help.

"We know we're seeing people come into the ER," said Bond. "We know they're victims of human trafficking but we don't know what to do."

Bondi plans on meeting with leaders across the state to come up with more detailed questions in order to help protect and rescue some for their situation.


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