Editor's note: This column was authored by Wendy Wright.
Ten years ago it struck me that, if a girl is sexually trafficked, at some point she will end up pregnant, and traffickers will take their victims to abortionists in order to keep selling them.
So I searched out a few key people to pursue this link.
A detective who handles sex crimes and domestic violence in Ohio was my first contact. I asked if there are policies for doctors to detect a victim of domestic violence. Since these women will usually hide the cause of their bruises, it can be difficult to draw them out.
“Yes,” he responded. Detailed programs have been developed to train medical professionals how to detect, delicately question, and provide help to a patient. Curious about why I was asking, I told him about the scourge of trafficking.
His heart was gripped for these women. He went on to develop an interagency task force with law enforcement and social services that became a model for the Department of Justice.
I next met with the federal official who launched the trafficking office at the Department of Health and Human Services. We discussed how abortion clinics would be a prime location to find trafficking victims.
A manual for police on “The Exploitation of Trafficked Women,” produced in 2006, includes abortion clinics under the heading “Locating trafficked women” as “venues where they may be found.”
Just as with domestic violence, medical professionals are on the front lines to detect a trafficking victim and should be duty bound to rescue them. So I talked with my good friends at the Christian Medical Association, whose members serve in the U.S. and as medical missionaries around the world.
They developed a training program for their doctors to detect and rescue trafficking victims. Dr. Jeff Barrows and his wife even renovated a farm house in a rural area to use as a safe house.
Not long after these meetings, a newspaper reported on the case of a young woman rescued from traffickers. Buried in the article was the fact that she had been taken twice for abortions. Obviously, the abortion personnel neglected to help her either time. It confirmed my suspicions.
Another victim testified in Congress of her ordeal. She said:
“When I was fourteen … I was smuggled into the United States. It was then the men told me that my employment would consist of having sex with men for money. I had never had sex before, and I had never imagined selling my body.