Trauma in Sex-Trafficked Children

Chapter 8 in Human Trafficking: Emerging Issues and Legal Applications (Nora Cronin and Kimberly Ellis, eds.) (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2017)

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 Last revised: 28 Jan 2017

Date Written: October 25, 2016

Abstract

Every minute, two children are sexually enslaved across the globe. Practitioners and judges should be aware of the short and long-term rehabilitation needs of trafficked children. Until resources are available to create and implement specialized rehabilitation services to care for every child victim of sex trafficking, practitioners and judges should be considering alternatives within their own jurisdictions, such as therapeutic foster homes. Because there are poignant similarities between the traumas experienced by other vulnerable populations of children, especially those who have endured child sexual abuse or family violence, this Chapter proposes that sex-trafficked children be placed where those vulnerable children are often placed: in our foster care system, preferably therapeutic foster care. (This Chapter builds upon an earlier law review article published in 2016 by the West Virginia Law Review entitled Healing Sex-Trafficked Children: A Domestic Family Law Approach to an International Epidemic.)

Keywords: children, therapeutic foster care, sex trafficking

Suggested Citation

Breger, Melissa L., Trauma in Sex-Trafficked Children (October 25, 2016). Chapter 8 in Human Trafficking: Emerging Issues and Legal Applications (Nora Cronin and Kimberly Ellis, eds.) (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859127

Melissa L. Breger (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States
518-445-2311 (Phone)

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