Welcome to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s podcast series on human trafficking. Our goal is to educate everyone who can target and stop human trafficking which is defined as modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking occurs in every state, every city, every town and in almost every industry. Rural areas can be particularly vulnerable to trafficking, and a haven for traffickers. Listen to learn what actions rural communities can and are taking to prevent human trafficking and how to help victims get the support they need.

Join in listening to conversations from the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s Human Trafficking Summit held on October 29, 2019. This summit was host to multiple guest speakers, including one survivor, that educated attendees on the ways human trafficking is affecting our communities and how to spot and stop this crisis; taught how to protect friends, family, and community members from the dangers presented with human trafficking; and presented how this issue is impacting Pennsylvania, how health care providers are being trained, and what role law enforcement is taking. Featured in our two podcasts are Susan Mathias, CEO of Transition of Pennsylvania and Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Association of Sexual Assault Centers and Kendra Aucker President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital; and Lisa Davis, Director of Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Lannette Fetzer, Quality Improvement Coordinator of Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.