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The Relationship of Trauma to Mental Disorders Among Trafficked and Sexually Exploited Girls and Women
American Journal of Public Health: This articles looks at the association between traumatic events and mental health among victims of sexual trafficking. Girls and women that had experienced sexual violence had higher instances of post traumatic stress disorder, and higher rates of depression and anxiety the longer they were exploited.
"We used subscales of the Brief Symptom Inventory and Harvard Trauma Questionnaire to interview 204 trafficked girls and women in 7 posttrafficking service settings. Multivariate logistic regression models based on interview data were fitted for depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) separately and adjusted for pretrafficking abuse to determine impact of trafficking-related trauma exposures.
Injuries and sexual violence during trafficking were associated with higher levels of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Sexual violence was associated with higher levels of PTSD (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 5.6; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.3, 25.4). More time in trafficking was associated with higher levels of depression and anxiety (AOR = 2.2; 95% CI = 1.1, 4.5). More time since trafficking was associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety but not of PTSD."