Hundreds gather to discuss problem of human trafficking in Maine

Hundreds attended the Health Care Response to Human Trafficking conference, put on by Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services and community partners.

“We’re here to really raise awareness and to build connection between the health services field and anti-trafficking efforts across the state,” said Fiona Mason, Chief Program Officer for Preble Street. “So we’re really trying to create a system where people who have been entering into the health services world have access to all the services that anti-trafficking programs are offering across the state.”

The focus was on teaching medical professionals who might deal with patients who are being trafficked and not know it.

“Only 1% of people who have been identified for human trafficking were identified through health services, even though 88% of them touch it, so that’s what we want to change today,” said Mason.

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