1st Edition

A Feminist Perspective on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls Characteristics, Commonalities and Complexities

Edited By Nancy M. Sidun, Deborah L. Hume Copyright 2018
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the trafficking of women and girls from a feminist perspective, this book examines how social structures and gender influence human trafficking. While women and girls are not the only victims of trafficking, they tend to be disproportionally represented. Structural inequities – including poverty, gender-based violence, racism, class and caste-based discrimination and other forms of oppression and marginalization – place some individuals at substantially greater risk to be trafficked.

    The contributors explore topics including trauma-informed assessment of, and therapy with, survivors of human trafficking; issues facing children of trafficked women when they are reintegrated into their communities post-trafficking; the intersection of trafficking with racial and cultural oppression; critical aspects of international sex trafficking; and commercial sexual exploitation of children. The book concludes with a discussion of how human trafficking intersects with both intracountry adoption and brokered marriages. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women & Therapy.

    Introduction – Human Trafficking of Women and Girls: Characteristics, Commonalities, and Complexities Deborah L. Hume and Nancy M. Sidun

    1. Trauma-Informed Psychological Assessment of Human Trafficking Survivors Elizabeth K. Hopper

    2. Psychotherapy in the Aftermath of Human Trafficking: Working Through the Consequences of Psychological Coercion Paola Michelle Contreras, Diya Kallivayalil, and Judith Lewis Herman

    3. Survivor: A Narrative Therapy Approach for Use with Sex Trafficked Women and Girls Karen Countryman-Roswurm and Anthony DiLollo

    4. What’s Home? (Re)integrating Children Born of Trafficking Rebecca Surtees

    5. International Sex Trafficking Mary Crawford

    6. Sex Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Cindy Miller-Perrin and Sandy K. Wurtele

    7. Cultural Oppression and Human Trafficking: Exploring the Role of Racism and Ethnic Bias Thema Bryant-Davis and Pratyusha Tummala-Narra

    8. Human Trafficking and Intercountry Adoption Judith L. Gibbons

    9. Global Love for Sale: Divergence and Convergence of Human Trafficking with "Mail Order Brides" and International Arranged Marriage Phenomena Oksana Yakushko and Indhushree Rajan


    Nancy M. Sidun is a clinical psychologist, academician, and art therapist. She served as co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls.

    Deborah Hume is a teaching professor at the University of Missouri, USA, and member of Missouri’s statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. She served as co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls.