Doctor Extracts Microchip Implant From Escaped Sex Trafficking Victim
RFID chip implanted in women was removed in hospital
Doctors at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston were shocked to discover that a woman who was complaining that she has been implanted with a tracking device, actually had a RFID microchip implanted underneath her skin.
The physician that removed the chip, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was stunned to discover a tracking device embedded underneath the woman's skin, admitting that he rolled his eyes when she complained that she had been tagged with a microchip, as he "sees a lot of psychiatric patients".
Upon examining the patient, "Dr. A" realized this woman was different and described her as "lucid and together" and with an incision to back up her claim:
“Embedded in the right side of her flank is a small metallic object only a little bit larger than a grain of rice — but it's there."
"It's unequivocally there. She has a tracker in her. And no one was speaking for like five seconds — and in a busy ER, that's saying something.”
The hospital staff originally believed the tiny implant was some form of GPS tracking device but discovered it was a microchip implant, or RFID chip, after further investigations.
SF Globe reports: Apparently, the twentysomething woman had become embroiled in human trafficking, with her boyfriend pimping her out and taking the money she "earned" for having sex. The tracker was a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip not unlike those used to tag pets, highlighting how inhumanely she had been treated.
The Office on Tracking In Persons defines human trafficking as "a form of modern-day slavery ... a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion." According to the International Labour Organization, an estimated 20.9 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking — forced into industries such as (but not limited to) prostitution, domestic labor, construction, agriculture, and manufacturing.
While cases of human trafficking are generally addressed by law enforcement, medical professionals are in a unique position to help break this cycle of modern-day slavery. Marketplace notes that 87.8 percent of human trafficking victims come into contact with health care providers at some point while being trafficked, and Wendy Macias, an ER doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, tells Marketplace: “I can guarantee you that I’ve placed my hands (on) and I’ve examined and I’ve spoken to more trafficking victims than I know I have.”
To break the cycle, organizations such as Heal Trafficking, Polaris, and the Office on Tracking In Persons are spreading awareness so that medical professionals can recognize the signs of human trafficking and extend help to victims. The American Medical Association released a policy dedicated to educating health care providers on how to recognize and properly report instances of suspected human trafficking.
Ever since discovering that tracking chip in his patient, Dr. A has taken each case of suspected human trafficking with far less levity, saying:
“It’s always important to simply consider the possibility that something not obvious might be going on. And recognizing that is the first step to diagnosing it”.