Traffickers may accompany the victim to medical and dental appointments. They view the victim as property and they tend to “oversee” any care that the victim may receive.30,36,37 Essentially, the victim is viewed as potential income for the trafficker. The trafficker may fall into a wide range of social and economic realms. Other cues to identifying a trafficker include the insistence of directing all care for the patient as well as being part of all conversations. They may state they need to be present in order to translate for the person or even that the person may need assistance in understanding the issues being presented. They appear to be the person’s representative and to speak for them.1,13,30
There are specific characteristics that denote a trafficker such as:
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