Assisting victims of human trafficking: Strategies to facilitate identification, exit from trafficking, and the restoration of wellness

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    Abstract

    Human trafficking is a pressing social justice concern. Social work is uniquely situated to address this problem. However, despite the profession's commitment to social justice, the scholarship to equip social workers to address this issue has been largely absent from professional discourse. To address this gap, this article helps social work practitioners to assist victims of human trafficking. After orienting readers to the scope and process of human trafficking, the topics of victim identification, exit from trafficking, and the restoration of psychological wellness are discussed. By equipping themselves in these three areas, practitioners can advance social justice on behalf of some of the most exploited people in the world.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)111-118
    Number of pages8
    JournalSocial Work (United States)
    Volume59
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2014

    Keywords

    • human trafficking
    • labor trafficking
    • sex trafficking
    • slavery
    • social justice

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

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