Internationally Trafficked Men in the USA: Experiences and Recommendations for Mental Health Professionals

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The purpose of this study is to delineate the experiences and recommendations of internationally trafficked men - one of the most overlooked subgroups among survivors of human trafficking. To conduct this qualitative study, a hybrid purposive/snowball sampling strategy was used to recruit men (N = 21) who were trafficked into the USA. A post-positivist epistemological perspective informed an interpretive content analysis of the data. The results indicated that respondents were trafficked from either Latin America or Asia, with forced labour representing the most common type of exploitation. Analyses yielded an array of recommendations regarding: (i) services needed to assist victims escape traffickers and (ii) strategies that mental health professionals might implement to assist victims overcome the trauma associated with being trafficked. The results suggest male trafficking victims have significant needs and professionals who work with victims in various capacities can benefit by implementing survivors' recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-685
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • Human trafficking
  • male trafficking survivors
  • modern-day slavery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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