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Post-trafficking services

Stacey Hemmings, Sharon Jakobowitz, Melanie Abas, Debra Bick, Louise M Howard, Nicky Stanley, Cathy Zimmerman, Sian Oram
BACKGROUND: Despite the multiple physical and psychological health consequences associated with human trafficking, there is little evidence-based guidance available for health providers on assessing and meeting the health needs of trafficked people. We aimed to review literature that provided guidance or research on care provision for people who had been trafficked. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and qualitative analysis of peer-reviewed and grey literature...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Maria Cary, Siân Oram, Louise M Howard, Kylee Trevillion, Sarah Byford
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have found a high prevalence of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among survivors of human trafficking. European countries are required to assist trafficked people in their psychological recovery, but there are no rigorous data on the costs of doing so. The objectives of this study were to quantify the use of secondary mental health services by survivors of human trafficking; to estimate the cost of survivors' use of secondary mental health services provided by the UK National Health Service (NHS); and to identify factors that predict higher costs of mental health service provision...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
L Ottisova, S Hemmings, L M Howard, C Zimmerman, S Oram
BACKGROUND: To update and expand on a 2012 systematic review of the prevalence and risk of violence and the prevalence and risk of physical, mental and sexual health problems among trafficked people. METHOD: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Searches of 15 electronic databases of peer-reviewed articles and doctoral theses were supplemented by reference screening, citation tracking of included articles and expert recommendations. Studies were included if they reported on the prevalence or risk of violence while trafficked, or the prevalence or risk of physical, mental or sexual health outcomes among people who have been trafficked...
August 2016: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Charlotte Aberdein, Cathy Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence indicates the extreme forms of violence and acute and longer-term mental health consequences associated with trafficking and exploitation. However, there has been little research on post-trafficking mental health and psychosocial support services for survivors. This study explored the availability and accessibility of mental health and psychosocial support services in Cambodia for women, men and children trafficked and exploited for sex or labour purposes...
2015: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
Ligia Kiss, Nicola S Pocock, Varaporn Naisanguansri, Soksreymom Suos, Brett Dickson, Doan Thuy, Jobst Koehler, Kittiphan Sirisup, Nisakorn Pongrungsee, Van Anh Nguyen, Rosilyne Borland, Poonam Dhavan, Cathy Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Trafficking is a crime of global proportions involving extreme forms of exploitation and abuse. Yet little research has been done of the health risks and morbidity patterns for men, women, and children trafficked for various forms of forced labour. METHODS: We carried out face-to-face interviews with a consecutive sample of individuals entering 15 post-trafficking services in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. We asked participants about living and working conditions, experience of violence, and health outcomes...
March 2015: Lancet Global Health
Eleanor Turner-Moss, Cathy Zimmerman, Louise M Howard, Siân Oram
Research on the health of trafficked men and on the health problems associated with trafficking for labor exploitation are extremely limited. This study analysed data from a case series of anonymised case records of a consecutive sample of 35 men and women who had been trafficked for labor exploitation in the UK and who were receiving support from a non-governmental service between June 2009 and July 2010. Over three-quarters of our sample was male (77 %) and two-thirds aged between 18 and 35 years (mean 32...
June 2014: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Siân Oram, Nicolae V Ostrovschi, Viorel I Gorceag, Mihai A Hotineanu, Lilia Gorceag, Carolina Trigub, Melanie Abas
BACKGROUND: Many trafficked people suffer high levels of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. Yet, there has been limited research on the physical health problems associated with human trafficking or how the health needs of women in post-trafficking support settings vary according to socio-demographic or trafficking characteristics. METHODS: We analysed the prevalence and severity of 15 health symptoms reported by 120 trafficked women who had returned to Moldova between December 2007 and December 2008 and were registered with the International Organisation for Migration Assistance and Protection Programme...
2012: BMC Women's Health
Nicolae V Ostrovschi, Martin J Prince, Cathy Zimmerman, Mihai A Hotineanu, Lilia T Gorceag, Viorel I Gorceag, Clare Flach, Melanie A Abas
BACKGROUND: Trafficking in women is a widespread human rights violation commonly associated with poor mental health. Yet, to date, no studies have used psychiatric diagnostic assessment to identify common forms of mental distress among survivors returning to their home country. METHODS: A longitudinal study was conducted of women aged 18 and over who returned to Moldova between December 2007 and December 2008 registered by the International Organisation for Migration as a survivor of human trafficking...
2011: BMC Public Health
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