​The essential role of social work in addressing victims and survivors of trafficking

Author(s) Palmer, Nancie
Title The essential role of social work in addressing victims and survivors of trafficking
Source ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law; 2010; Vol.17, No.1, p43-57
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the author explores the types of human trafficking, such as labour exploitation or forced prostitution and the violence and coercion that is employed to keep the victims in servitude. The needs of survivors are explored and although post-traumatic stress disorder is the most common effect, other mental health problems such as depression and substance abuse may be present. Recognition of general health issues is also important and can include a range of health problems such as infectious diseases including AIDS, reproductive health problems, and injuries from unsafe working conditions. Social workers can provide valuable support to survivors of human trafficking, most importantly through case management where client strengths are recognised, clients are linked to services and provided with direct services as appropriate.   
Keywords Human trafficking; domestic servitude; sweatshops; slavery; casework
Topic Human trafficking