The police arrived. After research, they discovered the child came up as a missing person from North Carolina. The girl had reportedly been missing for three years.
The man who was with the girl was then arrested, and the girl eventually admitted that she had been sexually trafficked for the past three years.
“As nurses, a lot of times we have use our instincts,” Burks said, “because sometimes things just don’t add up. You can’t put your finger on it, but you know that something isn’t right. A lot of nursing is advocating for your patient.”
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