Mental Health of Trafficking Victims Overlooked

(SciDevNet) – Survivors of human trafficking in South-East Asia require better access to health services, especially related to mental health, a study says. The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 victims of forced labour, found that about half had experienced physical violence or sexual abuse as a result of trafficking. In addition, more than 60 per cent reported symptoms of depression, 40 per cent were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and five per cent said they had attempted suicide in the previous month, it found.

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