Human Trafficking

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Trauma responses

  • Anxiety

  • Panic disorder
  • Major depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts
  • Avoidance of certain places, people, or situations
  • Heightened startle response
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulties controlling emotions
  • Dissociation
  • Increased risk taking

Here are some ways in which survivors of abuse might benefit from counseling:

Counseling provides the opportunity for the survivor to begin making their own choices in a safe environment. Providing trauma informed therapy to a survivor helps eliminate self-harm, develop trustworthy relationships, overcome challenges, promote wellness and remove themselves from dangerous situations.