CME Course

Modern Day Slavery — Child Sex Trafficking

There are approximately 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking and of those, 2 million are children. Domestically, 1.5 million victims of trafficking are estimated in the United States alone with 14,000 to 17,000 being transported into the United States, which means that the majority of trafficking victims in America are US citizens.

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Target Audience

This activity is of value to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers of all specialties.

Course Description

There are approximately 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking and of those, 2 million are children. Domestically, 1.5 million victims of trafficking are estimated in the United States alone with 14,000 to 17,000 being transported into the United States, which means that the majority of trafficking victims in America are US citizens. It is estimated that there are 100 to 300,000 victims of sex sex trafficking alone under the age of 18. Join Dr. Ann Di Maio as she explains what is child sex trafficking and how it is modern day slavery. In this presentation, she discusses how trafficking is a problem of global magnitude and offers an overview of terminology, and descriptions of victims and traffickers, as well as signs teachers and parents should be aware of. Legislation that has been designed to bring  trafficking to the forefront of public consciousness is also detailed. In addition, with 88% of adult female or adolescent victims seeking medical attention, Dr. Di Maio’s presentation offers information for healthcare providers as it relates to caring and treating trafficking victims. At the conclusion of the activity, the learner should have increased knowledge and have greater competence to: 

  • Better understand the global magnitude of child sex trafficking;
  • Recognize and define terminology associated with child sex trafficking;
  • Identify signs that a child may be a victim of trafficking when taking a medical history or conducting a physical exam;
  • Implement strategies to care for and treat trafficking victims.

Course Information

CME Release Date: April 19, 2021
Valid for credit through: April 18, 2022
Course type: Video
Estimated time of completion: 45 minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Login in below to access the article in order to study the educational content and references. 
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 24 months.   

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty

Dr. Ann Di Maio is a pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience.  She is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Child Protection.  She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School in New York.  Dr Di Maio completed her pediatric internship, residency and fellowship training at Weill Cornell/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP).  After her training, she joined the Pediatric Emergency Department at NYP as an attending where she ascended to being the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services.  Dr DiMaio relocated to St Louis Missouri where she joined the Pediatric Emergency Department at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  While there, she performed an additional fellowship in Child Protection and joined the Division of Child Protection evaluating and caring for children who experienced physical and sexual abuse or neglect.  While in St Louis, Dr. Di Maio became actively involved in combating the child sex trafficking crisis.

Working closely with the St Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Dr. Di Maio created a first of its kind medical care program for victims of trafficking.  This program provided comprehensive social work evaluation, medical care, and placement services for any suspected child trafficking victim and provided the needed medico-legal services to successfully prosecute associated offenders.  Social workers specially trained in non-traumatic interview techniques, specific to sex trafficking victims, would provide the initial evaluation.  A medical forensic examination performed by Dr. Di Maio would assess general health, detail any related injuries, and provide for ongoing medical needs.  The exam would also collect and maintain a forensic chain of evidence for potential use by law enforcement.  Placement services would provide education, psychologic, and drug counseling resources and provide reunification with families when possible.  The success of Dr. Di Maio’s program led to its dissemination throughout other medical institutions in the St Louis area and beyond.

In addition to her clinical accomplishments, Dr. Di Maio has worked with prosecutors from local, state and federal jurisdictions.  She has testified in local and military courts as a prosecution expert child abuse witness leading to multiple convictions.  Dr. Di Maio currently lectures extensively on the topic of child abuse and sex trafficking to medical, law enforcement, media outlet and civic groups.

Southern Medical Association Staff:
Jennifer Price, MA

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