Sex trafficking and microchips are both topics that generate instant horror in every sane person. These two social issues are now starting to be seen more and more in tandem, leaving hospitals staffs baffled and confused as in how to respond.
Just listen to this personal 1st hand account of what is unfolding in ERs across the country,
Dr. A rolled his eyes.
It was last October, and he had just come across a triage note that said, “I have a tracker in me.”
Dr. A — we’re not using his name or identifying his hospital, which is in a major American city, to protect patient safety — is 28 years old, a resident and about as green as they come.
And he’s got a patient who claims she’s got a GPS tracking device implanted in her side.
“When you work on the east side of our hospital, psychiatric patients are a dime a dozen,” he said.
But this patient is different. She’s put together. She’s lucid. She’s got an incision.
A group crowded around the computer to see her x-ray.
“Embedded in the right side of her flank is a small metallic object only a little bit larger than a grain of rice,” he said. “But it's there. It's unequivocally there. She has a tracker in her. And no one was speaking for like five seconds — and in a busy ER that's saying something.”
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money.
“It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.”
This is what we need to be fighting. Slavery NEVER ended. Slavery is not a concept that only exists in connection to the African-American community within the U.S. Why you're all out there fighting a race war against slavery 150 years ago, more women and children than ever before are enslaved!
Sex trafficking is the face of modern slavery. And healthcare workers are some of the closest people on the battlegrounds to these victims. Even closer than law enforcement, if the leading statistics on this subject are indeed correct in the context of the scale of the crises.
One report finds as many as 88 percent of sex trafficking victims end up in ERs and clinics at some point while being held.
This is leading Wendy Macias, ER Doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to take action.
“I can guarantee you that I’ve placed my hands and I’ve examined and I’ve spoken to more trafficking victims than I know I have,” said Wendy Macias, an ER doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Macias is one of the nation’s leading advocates to get doctors, nurses and hospital executives involved.
“You know traffickers are really smart, they will move their patients around from one city to the next all across the country,” she said. “I want us to help them when we have them in our midst because it may be the last time that they’re there.”
Sex trafficking is a problem terrorizing countless U.S. communities. You should be infuriated. How dare people sit around and minimize the discussion of slavery to people who lived and died 100s of years ago? All those activists tearing down monuments don't truly care about the issue of slavery. If they did, they'd be bringing the focus back to the real urgent problem at hand, ENDING MODERN DAY SLAVERY. They'd be using the events of the past week to point out slavery was horrible and evil and in honor of their ancestors, they'd been using this time to raise awareness of sex trafficking and the role hospitals can play in rescuing victims.
The case of the microchip is spurring the medical community to formulate a plan to educate doctors and further their efforts to help victims.
Dr. Dale Carrison at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas hopes the case with the tracking device is so disturbing that it pushes people in healthcare to action.
“There's so many sci-fi movies where they stick a device in somebody. Well guess what? It's real. It happened,” he said. “That was a big wake up call for me personally that ‘Uh-oh we're going to another level now.’ And I need to get the word out to all my colleagues, don’t blow this off.”
And this can be done if we put our actions where our mouths are and get together to help support these doctors trying to make a real positive CHANGE in our society.
Listen to the story: