The hidden scars of human trafficking
Human trafficking - the exploitation of one human by another - takes place across the globe and affects many millions of people. It can take numerous different forms, from sexual exploitation and domestic servitude to forced labour in construction and agriculture.
Despite increasing global attention, little is known about the psychological scars wrought by human trafficking or the experiences of mental health professionals in caring for trafficked people.
The PROTECT project, run by researchers in IoPPN, aims to develop evidence that can inform the NHS response to human trafficking.
We spoke to Dr Siân Oram, Lecturer in Women's Mental Health, about the impact of human trafficking, and the instrumental role of health professionals in identifying and caring for trafficked people.