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Good Samaritan Emergency Services Collaborates With Local Agencies To Raise Awareness About Sex Trafficking

In collaboration with Hope’s Voice and Vincennes University, Good Samaritan’s Emergency Services invites the public to attend a three-hour professional training focusing on Human Trafficking. Presented by Restored, a provider of direct care and outreach services to victims of domestic sex trafficking based in Indianapolis.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control their victims so they engage in commercial sex acts or labor services against his or her will. An estimated number of 21 million people are trafficked around the world and 55% of those individuals are women and girls. Locally, in Indiana, there have been 50 human trafficking cases reported so far in 2017 and more than 400 cases since 2007.

“When I first saw this presentation in May at the Indiana Emergency Nurses Symposium, I knew that I personally did not know enough about what to look for in Human Trafficking victims and I knew that I need to bring the presenters to Knox County so we all could be better prepared,” said Penny Culp, Emergency Services Nurse Manager. “The Journal of Emergency Nursing reported, ‘87% of victims have sought medical treatment during captivity without recognition or rescue’. I want Good Samaritan to be better than that for our patients.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the training, especially those who work in social services, mental health, nurses, physicians, law enforcement, campus professionals, victim advocates, prosecutors, counselors, etc.

“This training will help increase an awareness for potential victims,” said Vicki Potts, Director of Acute Care. “Additionally, we can use the knowledge we obtain to help educate our communities and prevent new victims from being caught up in this type of horrific activity.”

Speakers during the presentation will include Tracy McDaniel, MSW, LSW, CEO/Founder of Restored, Inc. and Kimberly Dowling, Judge, Delaware Circuit 2.

The sex trafficking training will be on Friday, September 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Fort Sackville Room at Vincennes University. Reservations are required at eventbrite.com. For more information, call Melissa Haaf at 812-886-4470.