Research Article  |   September 2016
Role of Occupational Therapy in Combating Human Trafficking
Author Affiliations
  • Kathleen W. Gorman, OTD, OTR/L, is Postdoctoral Fellow, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR. At the time of the project, she was Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  • Beth Ann Hatkevich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Clinical and Educational Programming, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program, School of Exercise and Rehabilitation, College of Health and Human Services, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; BethAnn.Hatkevich@UToledo.edu
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Research Article   |   September 2016
Role of Occupational Therapy in Combating Human Trafficking
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 2016, Vol. 70, 7006360010p1-7006360010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016782
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 2016, Vol. 70, 7006360010p1-7006360010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016782
Abstract

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that includes sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and trafficking of children. It is estimated that 35.8 million people are enslaved around the world. Because of the traumatic experiences that victims of human trafficking encounter, the needs of victims are extensive and require the services of several providers, including health care providers, for victims to transform into survivors and thrivers. Currently, the role of occupational therapy is minimal and unexplored. The profession of occupational therapy has the capacity of having a profound role in both providing client-centered care services to victims and survivors of human trafficking and partaking in preventive advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking. Further advocacy efforts are required to promote the profession of occupational therapy in combating human trafficking.