Victims of trafficking suffer from long-term mental ill-health
Women who have been trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation continue to experience high rates of mental illness including depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal thoughts, many months after leaving their traffickers. New research published in April by King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine confirms that mental and physical health complaints continued to affect the women participants at a high rate, despite them having left their trafficking situations an average of 16 months previously.
The survey looked at both women and men, trafficked for diverse purposes including forced labour, forced prostitution and domestic servitude, and found that while after an average of six months, 40% of men were still reporting high levels of mental ill-health, the women surveyed, who had…
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