​Human trafficking is more than sex trafficking and prostitution: Implications for social work

Author(s) Alvarez, Maria Beatriz and Edward J. Alessi
Title Human trafficking is more than sex trafficking and prostitution: Implications for social work
Source Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 2012, Vol. 27, No.2, pp 142-152
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary In this article the authors critically examine the current discourse on human trafficking and suggest that the focus on women and children who are trafficked for sexual exploitation can affect the identification and support for other trafficked individuals particularly men. It is recommended that social workers develop a framework that recognises all forms of forced labour and that acknowledges that trafficking does not always mean international borders as it can occur within the same country. Social workers are recognised to be in a good position to identify trafficked persons in settings such as emergency rooms, health clinics and shelters. Recommendations for further research include the need to study the efficacy of interventions with trafficked persons as well as the effectiveness of prevention measures.
Keywords Human trafficking; social work; labour trafficking; sex trafficking; identification
Topic Human trafficking