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According to the Polaris Project, the International Labor Organization estimates currently 4.5 million people are victims of human trafficking globally (2018). My project investigates the intersection of conventional health professionals’ treatments for the victims of sex trafficking and the role of supportive family in helping victims reintegrate into mainstream society. My thesis is, that there is, for victims to recover, a relationship between strong family support and professional health care. My research questions are: 1) Is there a relationship between strong family support of victims and successful reintegration into the mainstream of society after professional health care? 2) Will the victims with supportive families maintain an ordinary life after receiving professional care, compared to those with non (or no) supportive families? In order to answer my questions, I did an extensive literature research from books, peer-review journal articles, newspapers, and websites related to the case studies that were done in the United States and selected countries from Asian societies (Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan Province of China). My findings show that in the case of the United States, professional health care combined with strong family support, helps the victims achieve a better quality of life. However, in the case of Asian countries, it is more likely for victims to be introduced to sex trafficking through family members. In these cases, the treatment from professional health care is more complex and care for these victims need to take the cultural context into consideration and I suggest more research to be done in this area.

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Human trafficking--United States; Human trafficking--Asia; Human trafficking victims--Rehabilitation--United States; Human trafficking victims--Rehabilitation--Asia


Family, Life Course, and Society | Sociology

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The Impacts of Family Support on the Victims of Sex Trafficking Seeking Professional Care