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Owners of Senior and Child Care Centers Charged With Human Trafficking

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday announced human trafficking charges against four owners of several child and senior care centers.
A family of four running several senior and child care centers in San Mateo County has been charged with human trafficking and other labor-related charges, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday.

The defendants — Joshua Gamos, 42; Noel Gamos, 40; Gerlen Gamos, 38; and Carlina Gamos, 67 — are accused of holding employees of the Rainbow Bright day-care centers against their will, failing to pay them minimum wage and overtime pay, and abusing them verbally, physically and psychologically.

The Gamoses are charged with 59 criminal counts, including human trafficking, rape and grand theft.

“No worker in the United States should live in fear or be subjected to violence, abuse or exploitation at the hands of their employer,” Becerra said in a statement. “We must not turn a blind eye to abusive labor practices. Report it, and we will investigate and prosecute.”

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Education of the nurse and other healthcare professionals

Often the first step in being able to educate others is knowing the facts, statistics and signs of trafficking for yourself. Pedagogy now offers an online continuing education course in Human Trafficking, by author Maureen Sullivan-Tevault.  

Human Trafficking is considered a form of modern day slavery. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry and occurs in all parts of the world. It is believed that at latest count, over 20 million people, from all walks of life, has been victims of human trafficking. From child sex trafficking, to forced labor (farm workers, domestic servants and construction workers), these victims have been denied their freedom, their livelihood (earned wages), and are often subjected to inhumane living conditions and unsafe working environments.

The purpose of this educational offering is to familiarize the healthcare professional with the issues of human trafficking, including recognition of potential victims, identification of support services available for victims of human trafficking, and acknowledgment of the legal obligations of healthcare providers when caring for potential victims of human trafficking.

This course meets the Florida Board of Nursing requirement for 2 contact hours of continuing education on the subject of Human Trafficking.

This course meets the Michigan requirements for continuing education for nurses, pharmacist and pharmacy technicians, and nursing home administrators.


At the conclusion of this educational program, the participant will be able to:
• Identify potential risk factors for a victim of human trafficking
• Recommend social/legal services available to victims of human trafficking
• Discuss the various types of human trafficking
• Verbalize healthcare related guidelines for reporting suspected human trafficking
• Give examples of human trafficking hotline numbers and websites for referral services
• Review State specific information on mandated  education requirements and care of human trafficking victims


Chapter 1 -Definition of human trafficking, types of human trafficking, global statistics
• Global statistic on human trafficking
• Human Trafficking as defined by Unicef, Department of Homeland Security, Florida Department of Health
• Types of human trafficking

Chapter 2- Factors that place a person at greater risk of being a victim of human trafficking
• National Center on Safe, Supportive Learning Environments
• Stages of Grooming for Sexual Exploitation
• Special Consideration: Male Survivors of Human Trafficking
• Unique Aspects in Human Trafficking: The Super Bowl and the Airline Industry

Chapter 3- Validated assessment tools/general indicators for use by healthcare professionals
• Validated Assessment Tool, published June 2014, by the VERA Institute of Justice
• Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
• General Indictors of Human Trafficking
• Sex trafficking indicators
• Labor trafficking indicators
• Physical health indicators
• Mental health indicators
• Patient Assessment of a potential victim of human trafficking.
• Stockholm syndrome (also known as Survival Identification Syndrome).
• Medical Documentation

Chapter 4- Services available to assist human trafficking victims (social/medical/legal and websites)
• Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking: A Resource Guide for Social Service Providers
• ATEST Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking
• Department of Homeland Security, The Blue Campaign
• ECPAT Ending Child Slavery and the Source USA
• National Human Trafficking Hotline
• Polaris
• Ascentria
• American Bar Association Task Force on Human Trafficking
• SOAR program

Chapter 5- State specific overview of education requirements and services available for victims of human trafficking
Florida Nurses
• Senate Bill 852, with regards to Florida Board of Nursing CE requirement
• An overview of Florida Department of Health programs
• Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Michigan Nurses
• MCL 333.16148 Nursing Continuing Education Requirements
Michigan Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technicians
• MCL 333.16148 Continuing Education Requirements
Michigan Nursing Home Administrators

Click the course title to learn more and purchase the course.
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