Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human trafficking is most commonly defined as:

  • Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age
  • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
  • A victim does not need to be physically transported from one location to another in order for the crime to fall within these definitions.

There are several types of human trafficking including forced labor, sex trafficking, forced child labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, debt bondage among migrant laborers and child soldiers. Human trafficking occurs in every part of the world, from less developed countries to more developed countries. As such, it is a crime under U.S. and international law. Victims can be any age, any gender and from any economic standing in life.

CMDA offers continuing education for healthcare professionals to learn more about human trafficking and how to provide healthcare to victims. To get started, visit

CMDA's Commission on Human Trafficking

Latest Information

Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional - An In-depth Seminar

Multimedia | January 27, 2016

Listen to audio recordings from the seminar.

Human Trafficking: What Can I Do About It?

Do you want to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, but simply don't know where to start? In this article published in the fall 2015 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Drs. Allen Pelletier, Clydette Powell and Gloria Halverson outline easy steps for you take to help spread awareness and join the battle to end human trafficking.

Introduction to Human Trafficking

Dr. Jeffrey Barrows Introduction to Human Trafficking video presentation.

The Point Washington Update - March 2015

  • Abortion and human trafficking
  • Marriage merits
  • Religious freedom

The Point Washington Update - January 2015

Commentaries - "the point" | January 29, 2015

  • Assisted Suicide
  • Pro-life march
  • Human Trafficking

Christian Doctor's Digest - February 2015

In the February 2015 edition of Christian Doctor's Digest, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Dr. Alveda King about her book King Rules, Dr. Steve Sartori and Dr. Ann Tsen about CMDA's new coaching program and Theresa Flores about human trafficking. 


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