When the cruel truth was confirmed, the room filled with chilling silence.
Dr A was not convinced by the note he was handed by a 28 year old patient in the emergency room one night. Then, he noticed something odd that might lend some truth to the matter.
The note in his hand simply read 'I have a tracker in me.'
What Dr A had noticed was a tiny incision in the young woman's side. He made a snap decision to send the woman for x-rays to confirm his suspicions.
Shockingly the x-rays confirmed the woman's claims. The tracker, tiny as it was, was definitely there. Upon closer inspection of the tracker, Dr A realised that it was the kind of tracker used on dogs and cats.
The patient had been sold into the human trafficking network by her boyfriend. She had had to experience awful treatment at the hands of others in order to make money for him.
Unfortunately, this is not a unique case in the United States, with countless women and children being sold into slavery. There is no way out for these people, as they are threatened with death, or that their families at home will have to suffer that fate.
Dr A points out the important job those in the medical profession have in trying to help these people. Working behind closed doors will allow victims to confide in doctors and nurses. Having that patient in close proximity provides professionals an opportunity to end their situation, if only for a brief window of time.
This experience has caused Dr A to examine all his patients in a different light, so that he may help as many victims that come through his hands as possible.