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What You Need to Know: Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: A Training Tool for Mental Health Providers

Authors: 
Roe-Sepowitz, D.,
Hickle, K.,
Bayless, A.
Year Published: 2015
Type: 
Guide/Toolkit
Number of Pages: 
8
Organization: 
Arizona State University School of Social Work Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research
Abstract: 

This training tool for mental health providers helps to increase awareness about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation by defining the problem and providing information to identify possible victims. It outlines the three “Ts” of trafficking: targeted, tricked, and traumatized, and emphasizes the predatory nature of pimps who use force, fraud, and coercion toward their victims. The tool discusses the role of trauma among victims and the treatment needed for this population. Included are lists of warning signs and common mental health indicators of trafficking. The guide provides resources for mental health providers if they suspect a client is a victim of trafficking.

Availability: 
Available free of charge at: https://socialwork.asu.edu/sites/default/files/Sex%20Trafficking%20STIR%20ASU%20Mental%20Health%20Brochure.pdf