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7.0 Victim Challenges

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Human Trafficking Training
Lesson Seven: Victim Challanges

"Victims have undergone extremely traumatic

physical, emotional and sexual abuse and manipulation.

Traffickers take time to get to know their victims, so the

process of manipulating them is seamless and hard to understand."

Victim Challenges


The level of treatment for victims requires a highly coordinated multidisciplinary approach including doctors, case managers, social workers and therapists, among others. As a result, it is not usually possible for rescued DMST victims to successfully return directly home to family without transitional treatment and transformational treatment. Lack of facilities has resulted in many rescued victims being kept in jails or in lock-down juvenile facilities without treatment.  Without treatment to address the complex issues and prepare them to return home, often they will run away or escape and return back to the world of trafficking.

Post Rescue Challenges

Lacking Basic Needs
  • Improper Clothing
  • Malnourishment

Medical Conditions
  • High rate of HIV and STD in this population
  • Drug addiction forced upon as victims as means of control
  • Violence is used to ensure victim compliance

Psychological Conditions
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Dissociative Disorder