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Gender, Psychology, and JusticeThe Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System$
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Corinne C. Datchi and Julie R. Ancis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479819850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.001.0001

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Women, Sex Trafficking, and the Justice System

Women, Sex Trafficking, and the Justice System

From Victimization to Restoration

Chapter:
(p.75) 3 Women, Sex Trafficking, and the Justice System
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Gender, Psychology, and Justice
Author(s):

Thema Bryant-Davis

Tyonna Adams

Anthea Gray

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.003.0004

This chapter discusses the experiences of women and girl survivors of sex trafficking in the United States. It highlights the risk factors that make women and girls vulnerable to sex traffickers and victimization, examines the impact of sex trafficking on women’s and girls’ health, and describes the circumstances that lead to their forced involvement in the sex trade and their contact with the justice system. Gender, class, and racial stereotypes are barriers that prevent trafficking survivors from obtaining legal protection. Other barriers include fear of violence, lack of awareness of resources, and fear of deportation. When seeking legal help, trafficking survivors often experience revictimization and are treated as criminals. Lastly, this chapter identifies the need for more research on survivors of sex trafficking, highlights promising legal and mental health interventions, and proposes guidelines for greater gender and cultural responsiveness in programming.

Keywords:   sex trafficking, women, girls, violence, mental health

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