Psychological effects of human trafficking
The list of possible mental health effects of human trafficking is long and complex, but the most common ones are:
Human trafficking victims also carry a lot of guilt and shame surrounding their experiences, and many suffer from identity confusion, alienation, and suicidal ideation.
The symptoms of anxiety, substance use, depression, and PTSD can impact a victim’s ability to cope, plan, or commit to treatment- which means recovery and healing could take years.
Traffickers often use these vulnerabilities to maintain control for those already struggling with these issues. They take advantage of the fact that these people may not be capable of making informed decisions, or their judgment may be impaired.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711) or text 233733. If you or someone you know lives in California and needs behavioral health or mental health services, call Serene Health at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com to schedule an appointment. We have appointments available 7 days a week from our telehealth platform, so you can speak to a therapist from the location of your choice.