The Trauma of Trafficking...

Victims, no matter their age, experience great abuse both physically, emotionally and mentally. They are usually from a vulnerable situation to start with, possibly poor, isolated, child unsupervised, conflict areas, natural disasters or even previously abused. They are coerced by the promises of opportunity, love or money. With children many are either sold by people they know into trafficking or kidnapped. Once coerced & enslaved, oppression begins with stressful, unhygienic conditions & physical and mental abuse. Threats are made against themselves and often their families along with loss of identification. This creates a very real threat and extreme risk in seeking to escape. Often victims become despondent and in an effort to survive they conform to their captors demands. Sadly the rehabilitation process can be lengthy as victims seek to overcome the multi-layered trauma and the shame and fear they feel from the experience.