Human Trafficking, 3 CE

An NCBTMB Approved Massage Continuing Education Course

Human Trafficking and Massage Therapy

What does human trafficking have to do with the massage student or professional? More than you might think. When it comes to the topic of human trafficking, many shy away from the topic, not wanting to talk about something so uncomfortable as forced labor or sexual exploitation. The reality is that it happens every minute around the globe. Most likely it is happening in your city, your town, or even in your own neighborhood.

The topic of human trafficking needs to be discussed as part of the training and ongoing education for professional massage therapists because, unfortunately, illicit massage businesses and victims of predators are common within the industry. It’s up to the professionals to help put a stop to it. That means educating ourselves regarding human trafficking or ‘modern slavery’ really is and where it’s found.

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) supports the mission of educating and arming our profession with knowledge and empathy for human trafficking victims. However, in order to do this, students and professionals alike need to know what human trafficking is, it’s prevalence around the globe and in the United States, how to recognize it in your own neighborhood, and how the professional massage industry as a whole can disrupt the practice of trafficking men, women, and children.

Challenges abound for the professional massage therapist in serving our clients, promoting health and wellness, and our reputation in light of many myths and misconceptions about the truth behind human trafficking.

At the end of this course, you will be better educated about the overall practice of human trafficking, how it impacts massage therapy practices in the United States, how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to go about reporting possible human trafficking situations.


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  1. A person who falls prey to Human Trafficking is known as a ___________
  2. The term “Trafficking” refers to the transportation of a ______________
  3. There are nearly ________ illicit massage businesses nationwide
  4. Involuntary domestic servitude is found primarily in ________
  5. _____ million individuals have been reported to be victims of forced labor
  6. As with victims of sex trafficking, victims of forced labor are also coerced in a variety of ways. These methods include:
  7. Professional associations within the massage industry have banned together to fight human trafficking and it affects on the massage industry. These groups include:
  8. In July 2019, Florida’s Board of Massage Therapy passed Human Trafficking Chapter 2019 – 152, Laws of Florida. This group of laws focuses on the establishment of new professional requirements, continuing education and additional training and resources for a number of professions including:
  9. In order of highest to lowest percentages, sectors, where victims of forced labor exploitation are found in the ______________________ sector.
  10. In many cases, illicit massage businesses are identified by several indicators, which include:
  11. Indicators that a massage parlor offers potential human trafficking for sex or labor, as well as commercial sex, can include:
  12. While incidents of human trafficking and illicit massage businesses can be found in every state throughout the U.S., a handful have proven to have the highest concentrations. These states include:
  13. More than _______% of victims are recruited by friends and family. (Georgia Cares).
  14. The negative effects that public perception has on the overall massage therapy industry, is often the result of misinterpreting the massage professional with those engaged in ___________________
  15. Among the first steps to identify victims is to recognize the most common signs of human trafficking.