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The Benefits of Long-Term Treatment for Adult Victims of Sex Trafficking

Gender and Practice: Insights from the Field

ISBN: 978-1-83867-384-0, eISBN: 978-1-83867-383-3

ISSN: 1529-2126

Publication date: 30 September 2019


The purpose of this chapter is to highlight the issue of sex trafficking – internationally, in the United States, and particularly in Florida – and the needed services for victims to promote recovery and increase the likelihood of success in redefining themselves and creating a new life. The vast majority of victims are women and children, especially those from vulnerable popu­lations. While much attention has been given to addressing the needs of minors, few programs and services focus specifically on the needs of adult women. This chapter will feature the work of Selah Freedom, a national anti-sex trafficking organization headquartered in southwest Florida dedicated to serving women 18 and over. In particular, the emphasis will be on their long-term services, which offer a comprehensive approach to the treatment of trauma and rehabilitation and have proven successful in removing women from “the life.”




The authors wish to thank Selah Freedom administrators, staff, and, most importantly, the survivors who took the time to speak with us about their experiences. Their insights are invaluable not only for the work undertaken by Selah Freedom, but also for the women still in “the life.”


Grosholz, J.M., Stone, S.S., Fleck, A.M. and Ngo, F.T. (2019), "The Benefits of Long-Term Treatment for Adult Victims of Sex Trafficking", Demos, V., Segal, M.T. and Kelly, K. (Ed.) Gender and Practice: Insights from the Field (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 149-165.



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