Psychosocial Portrait of Survivors of Human Trafficking

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The number of cases of human trafficking in Indonesia continues to increase. East Java itself is one of the cases of human trafficking, where sending, receiving, and transit occur there.

As one of the largest sending areas for migrant workers in Indonesia, especially female migrant workers, many forms of human trafficking have been discovered. The community groups that are vulnerable to such cases are the underprivileged people, experiencing family disintegration, poor relations within the family, and families filled with violence in them.

As we know, human trafficking is a major social problem that has negative consequences, not only for victims or survivors of trafficking but also for their immediate family and environment and society in general. The impact can be devastating because perpetrators use physical violence to dominate and control their victims. Some conditions can occur, including hunger, beatings, and rape. Victims also experience violence and danger from some people who give sexual acts.

Phenomenological Experience

This study aims to describe the portrait of cases and psychological conditions of survivors of human trafficking. Researchers focus on the psychosocial impact of survivors on these experiences.

The impacts received by survivors, in the form of physical, psychological, and social effects. The experience is significant is in the way of experiences of abuse that cause physical injury, negative feelings and uncontrolled social actions such as withdrawing and so forth.

The Role of Social Support

Under challenging circumstances, the support received by victims comes more from foundations which are safe houses for victims. Victims receive adequate protection, physical and psychological recovery, and access to health.

For victims who remained with their families, support received from extended families and family members not involved in the case. The slightest assistance received by the victim turns out to make the victim feel protected and provide a sense of security.

Author: Ike Herdiana, Sukma Rahastri Kanthi, Suryanto

Articles can be found at the following link:’Girls_Trade’_Portrayal_of_the_psychosocial_problems_of_human_trafficking_survivor


Herdiana, I., Kanthi, S. R., & Suryanto, S. (2019). ‘ Girls Trade ’ : Portrayal of the Psychosocial Problems of Human Trafficking Survivor. North American Journal of Psychology, 21(1), 125–126.

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