Sex Trafficking Awareness with Guardian Group


Steve, Dan, and Holly bring Nate and Andrea from the Guardian Group into the studio to discuss Sex Trafficking Awareness. As EMS providers, Nate and Andrea walk listeners through what to look for on scene, best practices when you find evidence of trafficking, and how to protect your loved ones at home. 

Key Points:

  • Indicators that EMT/Fire can be looking for
  • Best Practices
  • What to do if you see potential trafficking at work and what to do if you aren't at work
  • GG - who we are, what we do

Common Questions:

  • Why don't victims run?
  • Why isn't this being taught in the school system?
  • How do I know it is trafficking and not someone choosing sex work?
  • What do I do if I'm working with a patient and I know she is in trouble but she doesn't want to get out?
  • How do I protect my kid online?

Industry Information:

  • Less than 20% of LE has had human trafficking training - 2015
  • This is hiding in plain sight not in the shadows
  • Grooming can take 2 days to 4 months
  • Victims don’t run because they’re in survival mode
  • Stockholm syndrome
  • Trauma bonding
  • Frontal cortex – not fully developed, decision making is fueled by the emotional brain
  • What tools do you recommend for monitoring?
    • Bark app – monitors their access
    • Life 360 – puts a geo bubble around them

Things to Look for:

  • Not in control of their personal items
  • Multiple phones, toys, sex items
  • Their story sounds very inconsistent or repetitive
  • Hostile and not wanting medical attention
  • Mattresses on the floor, lack of furniture, more people living in a space
  • A lot of security that feels really unusual
  • Substance abuse…..or not
  • Tattoos are used as brands – crown, $, name of pimp
  • Injuries in various stages of healing
  • Big avoidance of eye contact
  • Hanging with someone who is really controlling
  • Bottom 'Bitch' – recruits, controls the other girls

Content Creator: Steve Williams
CAPCE Course Number: 21-EMTP-F3-4321
NJ Course Number: 145905
Total CE Hours: 1
Level: Basic Operations
EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.