16013,The Medical Response to Sex Trafficking of Minors in Wisconsin

Although comprehensive research to document the number of children engaged in prostitution in the United States is lacking, an estimated 293,000 American youths currently are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. In a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents, 3.5% disclosed that they had exchanged sex for drugs or money in their lifetime. In three clinics at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, 135 child victims were identified in 2014. When high-risk adolescents were screened by Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) for victimization, 6% stated they have been involved in the sex trade. Therefore, the incidence of sex trafficking likely approaches the incidence of many medical conditions and social risk factors providers commonly screen for in routine patient care.

Victims of sex trafficking experience a high prevalence of physical, mental, and sexual health problems. Individuals in the sex trade frequently report severe physical and sexual violence. They often experience an inadequate diet and hygiene, substance abuse, neglect, and poor access to healthcare. Psychological abuse associated with isolation from their families, ongoing threats, and witnessing the abuse of others can cause profound and lasting effects on their health and well-being. Considering the associated health risks, it is imperative that the medical community is aware of the risk factors for sex trafficking and the appropriate medical response to potential victims.

Activity Director
Angela Rabbitt, DO

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Target Audience

  • Pediatricians
  • Family Medicine Providers
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Medical Students
  • Allied Health Care Professionals

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, I will be able to:

    Describe the definition, scope, and nature of sex trafficking.
    Improve learners ability to identify youth at risk for sex trafficking.
    Identify actions providers can take when evaluating youth at risk for sex trafficking.

Additional information


Kathy Ardellini
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 266-2125
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
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Planning Committee
Sydney Hanson, M2
Ibis Kinnart, CAPSW
Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD
Melodee Nugent, MA
Angela Rabbitt, DO
Pippa Simpson, PhD
Jennifer Yates, MS, FNP-BC

Angela Rabbitt, DO

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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TO ATTEND THIS SESSION please register as stated above.  Contact Kathy Ardellini at kardellini@chw.org or 414-266-2125 if questions.

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