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The Psychological Complexities of Human Trafficking
Mellissa Withers, Ph.D., M.H.S
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What happens when the perpetrator is also a victim of human trafficking? Understanding the complexities that a trauma-informed approach affords—and why it is so critical.
It's vital to create a safe and supportive environment for a person looking to escape an abusive situation. Our current immigration policies do not create such an environment.
Human traffickers often target more vulnerable victims who are less inclined to report abuse. One such group includes women who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.
Individuals’ coping reactions to trauma remain poorly understood, even by many of the people who are in the best positions to offer support and treatment to victims.
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Working with victims of domestic violence does not translate into adequate training to handle human trafficking cases. We must come up with a separate approach for these victims.
Many human trafficking victims are not physically held against their will, and some are even allowed to have cell phones and free time. So why don't they escape?
Psychological manipulation tactics are critical to traffickers’ success, and coercion, manipulation and psychological abuse are often more powerful weapons than physical violence.
Mellissa Withers, Ph.D., MHS, is an associate professor at the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.