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While most people think of women and girls as the victims of human trafficking, men and boys are also at risk. A few years ago, social worker Steven Procopio was listening to a discussion among a group of middle-aged homeless men at a Boston health-care agency when he recognized that his group had a terrible secret in common: Many of these men, at some point in their lives, had been trafficked. For Procopio, the realization led to a wholesale shift in context for working with men and boys who suffer from complex trauma.
The prevailing wisdom, both then and now, he says, is that sex trafficking is a women's issue. But as Procopio looked at the homeless men, who were beset with medical, addiction and psychiatric problems, he realized that "if we don't get to kids while they're young, they're going to end up like the men at this table at age 40 or Now, mounting evidence, along with the s of front-line psychologists and social workers, show that men and boys make up a ificant proportion of victims of trafficking, validating Procopio's realization.
A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in estimated that men ed for 25 percent of trafficking victims globally. Further, the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons estimated that 27 percent of all victims detected globally were children and that of those, one in three victims were boys.
In addition, staff at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline identified more than 24, cases of human trafficking in the United States from to September Of those, 13 percent—or more than 3,—were men. Boys and men who have been trafficked present with issues that are similar to many victims of complex trauma: poverty, sexual abuse, violence or living in a home where substance abuse takes place.
Behaviors can include drug use, running away, depression, anxiety and oppositional behavior disorders. In some cases, boys are trafficked by their families to raise money for drugs. Psychologists and others say it's hard to overstate the stigma that surrounds the issue—for victims and for society. Filmore has a Adult want sex Boston Massachusetts understanding of this population.
As who had endured years of racism and sexual abuse in his small-town community, he started drinking at 12 and said he was "primed" for recruitment by his trafficker. He met a man who showered him with affection. With that friendliness came "a lot of drinking and cocaine use," and the man, who turned out to be a pimp, introduced him to crack. His experience is not unusual. He pointed out that this type of coercion by a trusted companion can lead victims to distrust therapists as well. You can expect resistance. You can expect anger.
Clinicians who have treated trafficking victims and survivors say that the need to build a relationship is the top priority for anyone who is working with this population. Once he has built rapport, Filmore asks his clients to "tell me one Adult want sex Boston Massachusetts, just one thing, that happened to you that you have never told anyone," while being sure not to retraumatize the individual.
Another obstacle in treatment is how exploitation and abuse compromises victims' sense of manhood, says Bonnie L. As a result, she focuses on resilience, helping clients "adjust to life without chaos," including helping them get jobs and finding places to live—a particularly difficult issue for this population since the vast proportion of emergency beds available for victims of trafficking are for women and girls. To get more beds for men and boys, policymakers need to quantify the problem, yet the underground nature and reluctance of victims to divulge the problem le to insufficient data to describe the scope of male trafficking, according to Irma Barron, PhD, a professor in marriage and family therapy and a coordinator in the master's program at Albizu University in Miami.
Say we do rescue some boys off the street. Where are they going to go? Help stop human trafficking The U. State Department offers insights on how to stop such abuses. Go to www. up now ». Feature Unseen victims of sex trafficking While most people think of women and girls as the victims of human trafficking, men and boys are also at risk By Rebecca Fairley Raney AprilVol 48, No.
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