At Her Mind Her Body, in addition to our holistic areas of expertise, we also implement trauma-informed practices. We recognize that Traffickers often target individuals who lack a strong support system or who may be going through difficult times. Her Mind Her Body serves in the community as both Mental Health and Holistic Life Skills Coaches advocates for individuals who are involved in sex trafficking to help them find natural soothing, meaningful and alternative ways to navigate through day-to-day problems, grief, financial constraints, housing issues, parenting and much more. As our slogan go’s, “organically introduce her, to herself” in this case reintroduce victims of sex trafficking to themselves, we embrace starting from infancy stages and teaching self-consciousness, development, esteem, acceptance, and love in order for victims to reinvent themselves and their lives.
What is Sex Trafficking?
Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking for the intent of sexual exploitation. It is considered modern-day slavery. Sex trafficking is defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.” The trafficker forces the victim into a situation of dependency by manipulating the victim to perform sexual acts for services to customers.
Traffickers are manipulative individuals that exploit others for the profit gained from commercial sexual favors. They entice and ensnare people into forced sex trafficking by manipulating and exploiting their vulnerabilities. They prey on people who are hoping for a better opportunity, lack employment or education, an unstable background, or a history of sexual or physical abuse.
Victims and Impact on Victims
There is no gender bias in the realm of sex trafficking. Victims can be women or men, girls or boys, but the majority are women and girls. There are several common patterns for luring victims into situations of sex trafficking, including:
• Potential career opportunities in another state/city/country
• A fake marriage proposal which results in a bondage situation
• Being sold into the sex trade by family or partners/spouse
• Being kidnapped
Sex traffickers frequently subject their victims to debt-bondage, an illegal practice in which the traffickers tell their victims that they owe money (often relating to the victims’ living expenses and transport into the country) and that they must pledge their personal services to repay the debt.
Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to “condition” their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families’ friends.
Victims face numerous health risks including:
• Sexually Transmitted Diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, UTIs, pubic lice)
• Drug and Alcohol Addiction
• Physical Injuries (broken bones, concussions, burns, vaginal/anal tearing)
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Infertility Issues
• Diseases (e.g., TB, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia)
• Forced or Coerced Abortions
• Psychological harms include:
• Body Separation
• Disassociated Ego States
• Hatred of Men
• Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Victims may also suffer from traumatic bonding – a form of coercive control in which the perpetrator instills in the victim fear as well as gratitude for being allowed to live.
If you are a victim of sex trafficking or know someone who is please contact the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or call your local law enforcement.
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