What most people don’t know is, there are more slaves in the world today than there has ever been before. There is an estimated 27 million men, women and children being exploited for manual labor and sex trafficking. When a woman entered the hospital claiming that she had a tracking device inside her, you can imagine the disbelief of the doctors. But sure enough, after an exam, there it was. She had an RFID chip inside of her, much like the ones used for dogs.
According to an interview with Marketplace, Dr. A was astounded to find the patient was not only lucid but had an incision to back up her claims. He recalls: “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.”
Apparently, the twenty-something woman had become embroiled in human trafficking, with her boyfriend pimping her out and taking the money she “earned” for having sex.
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Ever since discovering that tracking chip in his patient, Dr. A has taken each case of suspected human trafficking with far less levity. “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 diagnose it,” he tells Marketplace.