Familial trafficking doesn’t always get the attention it needs from the anti-trafficking movement. This usually happens because back when this movement started it was criminally motivated to end trafficking that was happening in the form of prostitution, and other kinds of more visible trafficking types. Since familial trafficking is much more discrete than other types, like pimp-controlled, it’s able to happen without getting detected. Due to this lack of visibility and the fact that victims are usually children, familial trafficking doesn’t get picked up on the traditional trafficking radar.
The important thing to keep in mind is that familial trafficking is in fact happening and survivors from this type of trafficking will experience a different kind of trauma that may require different services. This lesson covers what familial trafficking actually is, the impacts, and how to work with survivors who experienced this type of trauma.
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