What is 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.
The CMDA Commission on Human Trafficking exists to equip, support, motivate, send and transform CMDA members in their role to abolish human trafficking within the U.S. and abroad.
The vision of the CMDA anti-trafficking Commission is to have every member of CMDA understand and be equipped to fulfill their role in the fight against human trafficking by 2020.
As Christian healthcare professionals, we affirm that all humans have inestimable worth, having been created in God's image, and should not be trafficked by others.
Jeffrey J. Barrows, DO
Don Thompson, MD, MPH, TM
Rachel DiSanto, MD
Gloria Halverson, MD
Jarrett W. Richardson, III, MD
Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD
Bill Goble, DDS
Clydette L. Powell, MD, MPH
Charlotte Paolini, DO