Abuse, exploitation and trafficking have immense effects on every victim. The legacy of these crimes is vast, and victims are often afflicted with severe physical, emotional and psychological damage for the rest of their lives.
Survivors are often physically impacted due to excessive work or the use of force by their traffickers. Additionally, they may be exposed serious health (such as STDs) and mental health risks (anxiety, insecurity, fear and PTSD). The trafficking and exploitation of people can also lead to their cognitive impairment, memory loss, depression, and even suicide. When children are trafficked, their emotional, physical and overall psychological development can be impacted.
People who have been abused, exploited or trafficked also commonly experience a degree of social isolation, leaving them unable to engage socially or reach out for assistance. If they have been trafficked internationally or out of their own communities, they can be left unable to communicate with or assimilate into the local society. Survivors are very often met with stigma, particularly in the cases of those exploited or trafficked for sexual purposes. These all negatively impact the survivor’s life, as well as their self-esteem (Human Trafficking Search).