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Exploitation, Violence, and Suicide Risk Among Child and Adolescent Survivors of Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Kiss, Ligia.;Yun, Katherine.;Pocock, Nicola. – 2015

A survey was conducted with 387 children and adolescents aged 10 to 17 years in posttrafficking services in Cambodia, Thailand, or Vietnam. Participants were interviewed within 2 weeks of entering services from October 2011 through May 2013. Twelve percent had tried to harm or kill themselves in the month before the interview. 56% screened positive for depression, 33% for an anxiety disorder, and 26% for posttraumatic stress disorder. Abuse at home was reported by 20%. Physical violence while trafficked was reported by 41% of boys and 19% of girls, and 23% of girls and 1 boy reported sexual violence. Mental health symptoms were strongly associated with recent self-harm and suicide attempts. Severe physical violence was associated with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Sexual violence while trafficked was associated with depression and suicidal ideation. 49 references. (Author abstract modified)