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Breaking the Cycle of Vulnerability for Victims of Trafficking. Responding to the Health Needs of Trafficked Women in East and Southern Africa

Document number
1454
Date
2007
Title
Breaking the Cycle of Vulnerability for Victims of Trafficking. Responding to the Health Needs of Trafficked Women in East and Southern Africa
Author/publisher
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Availability
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Document type(s)
Research/Study/Analysis,
Keywords
Interim Care, Health, Reflection period, Social assistance, Victim protection, Advocacy, Civil society, Poverty, Social exclusion, Health care, Social security, Trauma,
Summary
The report finds that trafficked women in Eastern and Southern Africa do not receive the sexual, reproductive and mental health care they desperately need. The report responding to the health needs of trafficked women in East and Southern Africa", says that there are not enough trained counsellors to provide adequate health care and support to victims and that organizations active in the field of counter trafficking need to better address their health and mental needs. According to the report, the trafficking process increases women’s vulnerability to health-related problems including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV and post-traumatic stress disorder, which, if not properly addressed, could lead to chronic anxiety, self harm and suicide.
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