Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study of the experiences of service providers who work with victims of human trafficking
by Michael, Aden, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 68; 1466340
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the experiences of service providers who work with victims of human trafficking. The study explored the challenges and barriers they faced while providing services to clients, what they perceived to be the challenges faced by victims and the interventions that providers deemed most effective in assisting clients. The data was collected through 10 qualitative interviews with professionals who serve trafficked individuals and those who worked directly in the field of slavery and trafficking.

The results of this study indicated that there is a lack of comprehension of this unique population which substantially impacts service provision. Most service providers signified that there is inadequate training on the complex nature of trafficking which they believed to be essential for all who work with this population. Participants perceived that client barriers such as fear of law enforcement, retribution by traffickers and issues of culture and confidentiality must be addressed to effectively serve these victims. The participants viewed collaborating with agency partners, outreaching to victim populations and providing comprehensive services as some of the most effective methods of addressing these issues.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Womens studies, Public policy
Publication Number: 1466340
ISBN: 978-1-109-17655-1
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