Consider the Whole Person - Trafficked Persons
A trafficked person is not only a trafficked person. Being trafficked is only one aspect of who they are — they may not see themselves as trafficked.
It is important to treat a trafficked person within the continuum of their life — in other words, addressing all their concerns and acknowledging all aspects of who they are and what they have experienced. They may have health issues, may be struggling with addiction, may be concerned about friends or family members, may have a complex history of good and bad life experiences. Respect the person’s capacity to define their experience, rather than have it defined by you or anyone else.
By considering the whole person and acknowledging all aspects of their life, you can help restore their dignity.
This may mean simply listening to their story with kindness and patience, or it may mean finding special services for them, such as trauma counselling and low barrier health care. It may also mean helping them to regain a sense of connection to their family, faith, or community.
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