Issues and Barriers Affecting Service Delivery for Trafficked Persons
Now that you know the principles of a human rights approach and before describing the various services a trafficked person may need, it is important to understand the barriers that may impact communications between you and a potentially trafficked person.
In Module 3, you learned how people who have been trafficked are often too scared, too confused, too ashamed, or unable to come forward on their own, preventing them from seeking support, protection, and services.
My Story: I hate human trafficking and everything it has done to me. I can’t wrap my mind around it. I slept last night with sharp objects, anything sharp I could find, under my pillow – in case something might happen. When I got [out], I was humiliated and ashamed. I’m not embarrassed anymore. I have anger and frustration nowadays. I should have been able to go to work and be safe. I’m lucky I left
A trafficked person may exhibit behaviours that are confusing or inconsistent. The chart below sets out a range of emotions that can be exhibited by a person who has been trafficked and the resulting impact the emotion may have on their behaviour or communication style.
Tailoring your approach to providing services to a trafficked person, based on the information in this chart, may assist you in providing sensitive and appropriate care.
|Fear (of or for trafficker, of police/authorities, of deportation)||
|Shame and guilt||
|Lack of trust||
|Mistrust of self, low self-esteem||
|Dependence and subservience||
In the following video, Mary Pichette, Executive Director of Servants Anonymous in Surrey, B.C., and Rose Henry, an Aboriginal community consultant from the Coast Salish territory, give their perspectives on working with a person who may have been trafficked.
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