‘Girls Trade’: Portrayal of the psychosocial problems of human trafficking survivor

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This study showed that two human trafficking survivors experienced negative physical, psychological, and social trauma, in spite of social support from family members. The traumatic impact that human trafficking survivors suffer varies based on the type of trafficking. Sex trafficking is the most traumatic kind, especially when it occurs before the age of 18. Traffickers usually use several ways to control their victims, such as confinement, physical abuse, rape, and threats toward the victim’s family. Survivors suffer both psychologically and physically. Like adults, children are trafficked for the purpose of labor and sexual exploitation (Burke, 2013). Children can experience extreme forms of exploitation and abuse (Ottisova et al., 2018). The impact for survivors can get even more complex when protective factors are dysfunctional, particularly family and community support (Greenbaum & Crawford-Jakubiak, 2015).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-126
Number of pages2
JournalNorth American Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


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