Resiliency After Trauma: Helping Sex Trafficking Survivors Heal

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Goddard, Claire
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According to a Polaris Project 2019 report, human trafficking has become a leading and lucrative black-market industry, second only to global drug trafficking. Unlike drugs, which can only be consumed once, the product, human beings, can be used over and over again. It is estimated that over four million of trafficked victims have been forced into commercial sexual exploitation, including one million children. The US Department of State estimates that the business of sexual exploitation yields approximately $90 USD billion annually worldwide. If the sex trafficking victim refuses to service sex buyers, their traffickers will often beat, rape, or torture them until they comply. Sex trafficking survivors often face long term consequences, including symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, hypervigilance and trust issues as a result of their experiences. However, with supportive and positive social, legal and psychological support, they can exit the sex industry and recover. This capstone will discuss the internal and external factors that promote resiliency and healing in sex-trafficked survivors who have successfully exited the industry.
sex trafficking survivors , resilience
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