Mercy Medical Center Creates Human Trafficking Position

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Teresa Davidson holds weekly meetings with sex trafficking survivors.

One of them says, "I fell in love with this man that told me he would provide everything I needed, and everything that I was missing in my life, and then he completely switched on me one day and started pimping me."

That led to physical and mental abuse, even multiple trips to the hospital, but she says none of the nurses or doctors made an attempt rescue her.

She says, "None of the health care professionals not even the police kind of treated me like I was a victim. It was more so, you're a prostitute, you put yourself in that situation."

Her boyfriend eventually let her go, and she was able to get her life together. She's hoping Mercy's new position could save others sooner.

She says of the position and Mercy, "Somewhere where they feel like they can talk come to and talk, you know about what they're going through, and feel like they have a safe haven or a home."

One thing Davidson is training staff on is noticing when a person feels like they're somebody else's property. They will then talk to them alone, and see what they can do.

She says of the signs, "A person would come in and wouldn't make eye contact, wouldn't be allowed to speak for themselves, wouldn't be in control of their identification or money."

Causey has two kids, and is about to start law school. She wants victims to know there's a way out. Her advice, “Speak up. Whether it's through your eye gesture or something, to let somebody know, you are not ok."