Do you ever feel like the issue of sex trafficking is too big to make a difference? Well, that’s not true.
One person really can
make a difference!
I received a phone call from a young lady in March asking to meet. She was familiar with the work of Rescuing Hope and wanted to learn all she could. For security reasons, I’ll call her Jenny.
Jenny is an Emergency Room nurse at a very large hospital in a suburb of Atlanta. She had my undivided attention from the moment we sat down because I have great respect for her profession.
Nurses get stuck with the dirty work. They have to deal with the paperwork, the blood work, vaccinations, cranky patients, extended family, etc. Let’s just put it this way, have you ever seen a doctor give an enema or deal with a bedpan? Nurses are heroes.
Jenny knew a little about sex trafficking from reading and from stories on the news; however, because of her work, she felt it important to gain more education. We talked for about an hour with me explaining what indicators she should look for in potential victims and how to handle the situation if she did, in fact, think she had encountered a victim of sex trafficking.
Just weeks later, I received a text message from her,
You’re not going to believe this….”
I immediately called her for the details. Jenny had been at work and a fellow nurse who knew Jenny was getting educated on the subject of sex trafficking approached her and said she was suspicious about a patient. The patient had an older sister with her who did all of the talking. In fact, she wouldn’t really allow the patient to answer for herself at all. These are clear indicators you may be dealing with a trafficking victim.
Jenny knew exactly what to do.
She entered the room and asked several medical questions so she wouldn’t alert the older sister of their suspicions. She then informed them she would need to take the patient for some preliminary tests and then they would return. She stated the older sister wouldn’t be allowed to accompany the patient for the tests. She may or may not have said it was hospital policy.