The mental health of trafficked persons

Authored by: W. F. Scholte , L. Verhaak , A. Lok , R. Ghafoerkhan

Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138892064
eBook ISBN: 9781315709352
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This chapter will address mental health problems prevailing in trafficked persons (TPs), particular stressors which may elicit these, and how treatment may help. As most research findings about TPs apply to sexually exploited women, much knowledge displayed here specifically relates to that group. However, the experience of trafficking, in all its forms, is highly stressful and often traumatising, and existing knowledge on psychological trauma and its treatment in general is applicable to a large extent. Yet, more knowledge specifically on TPs is needed; and this chapter will also indicate and discuss existing gaps identified through both desk research and clinical assessment of TPs.

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