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In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on October 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm

To say that child victims of human trafficking face significant problems is an understatement.  After being physically and sexually abused, they have medical and psychological needs that have to be addressed before they ever reach adulthood. Because I was trafficked from the early age of thirteen years old and I never received any medical care the entire time I was trafficked, I suffered many serious medical problems after escaping my trafficker, including heart problems, spinal conditions, P.T.S.D., and depression.

Recognizing health problems of victims of sex trafficking can be one way to identify and help human trafficking victims. These health problems have to be addressed in order for all survivors to begin to lead productive lives.

Some of the many health problems that trafficking victims suffer are:

Sleeping and eating disorders

Sexually transmitted diseases

HIV/AIDS, pelvic pain, rectal trauma, urinary difficulties

Chronic back, cardiovascular or respiratory problems

Fear and anxiety

Depression, mood changes

Guilt and shame

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Traumatic Bonding with the Trafficker

Traffickers frequently confiscate their victims’ immigration and identification documents and instill in their victims a fear of government officials, particularly law enforcement and immigration officers.

Read more: Mental and physical signs help identify victims of sex trafficking | Washington Times Communities
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