Domestic Sexual Exploitation and Post-Traumatic Outcomes

September 22 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM | Room 2584

Sex trafficking is a present day reality both internationally and nationally (U.S. Department of State, 2010). Children and adolescents with histories of sexual and physical violence or rape are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked as grooming techniques and violence are used by traffickers in their recruiting repertoire (Alvarez & Alessi, 2012; Clawson, Dutch, Solomon, & Grace, 2009; Hammond & McGlone, 2014). The mental health concerns among human trafficking victims include emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual ramifications (Clawson, Dutch, Solomon, & Grace, 2009; Hodge, 2014; Zimmerman, Hossain, & Watts, 2011). Despite the myriad of individuals who are trafficked annually within the United States, scant research attention focuses on the sequelae of trauma and subsequent

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