HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF SEX TRAFFICKING
abuse, including repeatedly being called derogatory names, treated as less
than human, and being deprived of basic physical and emotional needs such
as food, sleep, and a caring environment.
Table 3. Violence and Abuse in Sex Trafficking
Common Forms of
Reporting (N= 103)
Some form of violence/abuse 95.1%
Forced sex 81.6%
Forced unprotected sex 68.0%
Threatened with weapon 66.0%
Abused by person of authority 50.5%
In addition to physical mistreatment, some victims were subjected to
other forms of degradation, such as recreating scenes from pornography
( 29.3%) or being forcibly recorded for pornographic purposes ( 17.1%).
Other studies confirm the prevalence of violence against trafficking
E. Substance Abuse
I started doing drugs, specifically cocaine down at the local go-go bar,
and eventually I tried heroin. I was a mess, wrecked my life, wasted it on
drugs because I’d been raped and I didn’t think I mattered to anyone.
When I was 31 years old I started dating a . . . guy who was a drug
dealer. We dealt together, did crack together, and he started prostituting
me to close drug deals.
Many survivors were dependent on drugs or alcohol while they were
37. See, e.g., FARLEY ET AL., PROSTITUTION RESEARCH, supra note 14, at 28-29;
RAPHAEL & SHAPIRO, SISTERS, supra note 8, at 132-35; RAYMOND & HUGHES, supra note 9,
at 75; Melissa Farley, Prostitution and the Invisibility of Harm, 26 WOMEN & THERAPY 247,