Stop Human Trafficking

Recognizing Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Victims include children involved in the sex trade, adults over the age of 18 who are forced, coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and children and adults compelled into different forms of labor or services against their will and who often receive little to no compensation.

Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, and it is the world's second largest criminal enterprise after drugs. In October 2014, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a package of 20 bills specifically geared toward strengthening statewide efforts to combat human trafficking.

As part of the effort to stop human trafficking, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has added licensing requirements to the “OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AND SURGERY - GENERAL RULES.” 

A PDF of the rules can be downloaded here:

The specific rules on training to recognize victims of human trafficking can be found on page 3 of that document.

The text from that section is as follows: 
R 338.120 Training standards for identifying victims of human trafficking; requirements. 
Rule 20. 
(1) Pursuant to section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148, a licensed physician or licensure applicant shall complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking that meets the following standards: 
(a) Training content shall cover all of the following: 
(i) Understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States. 
(ii) Identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings. 
(iii) Identifying the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors. 
(iv) Using resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking. 
(b) Acceptable providers or methods of training include any of the following: 
(i) Training offered by a nationally recognized or state recognized health-related organization. 
(ii) Training offered by, or in conjunction with, a state or federal agency. 
(iii) Training obtained in an educational program that has been approved by the board for initial licensure, or by a college or university. 
(iv) Reading an article related to the identification of victims of human trafficking that meets the requirements of subdivision (a) of this subrule and is published in a peer review journal, health care journal, or professional or scientific journal. 
(c) Acceptable modalities of training include any of the following: 
(i) Teleconference or webinar. 
(ii) Online presentation. 
(iii) Live presentation. 
(iv) Printed or electronic media. 

(2) The department may select and audit a sample of individuals and request documentation of proof of completion of training. If audited by the department, an individual shall provide an acceptable proof of completion of training, including either of the following: 
(a) Proof of completion certificate issued by the training provider that includes the date, provider name, name of training, and individual’s name. 
(b) A self-certification statement by an individual. The certification statement shall include the individual’s name and either of the following: 
(i) For training completed pursuant to subrule (1)(b)(i) to (iii) of this rule, the date, training provider name, and name of training. 
(ii) For training completed pursuant to subrule (1)(b)(iv) of this rule, the title of article, author, publication name of peer review journal, health care journal, or professional or scientific journal, and date, volume, and issue of publication, as applicable. 

(3) Pursuant to section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148, the requirements specified in subrule (1) of this rule apply to license renewals beginning with the first renewal cycle after the promulgation of this rule and for initial licenses issued 5 or more years after the promulgation of this rule.

MDHHS Resource Page:
MDHHS Human Trafficking

Tips for communicating with victims of Human Trafficking PDF icon
Tips for identifying the Crime of Human Trafficking PDF icon
MI Dept. of Human Services Human Trafficking Protocol PDF icon
MI Attorney General Human Trafficking Website
MI Human Trafficking Task Force
US Dept. of Homeland Security Blue Campaign
National Human Trafficking Resource Center

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