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"I Feel Like We Are People Who Have Never Known Each Other Before": The Experiences of Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Transitioning From Shelters to Life in the Community

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dc.contributor.author Cordisco Tsai, L., Lim, V., & Nhanh, C.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-28T17:10:49Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-28T17:10:49Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Cordisco Tsai, L., Lim, V., & Nhanh, C. (2020). I Feel Like We Are People Who Have Never Known Each Other Before": The Experiences of Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Transitioning From Shelters to Life in the Community. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(1), en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://calio.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/The-experiences-of-survivors-of-human-trafficking-and-sexual-exploitation-transitioning-from-shelters-to-community.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4566
dc.description.abstract In this article, we explore the experiences of survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Cambodia as they transition from living in trafficking-specific shelter facilities to living in the community. We analyzed data from Chab Dai's Butterfly Longitudinal Research (BLR) project, a 10-year longitudinal study with survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Cambodia utilizing a prospective panel design. We present findings from our analysis of 236 interviews and narrative summaries of interviews conducted with survivors between the years 2011 and 2016 (n=79). An interpretive phenomenological approach was used to understand survivors' experiences during this transition. Themes included: conflicted feelings about life in the community; difficulties completing school and securing employment; violence in the community; limited followup; unfulfilled expectations; feeling loved like a family member in the shelter, but abandoned in the community; vulnerability in the community due to dramatic differences between shelters and the community; and varied experiences with case closure. We underscore the importance of understanding and listening to the voices of survivors about their experiences in the anti-human trafficking sector and discuss implications for the design and implementation of services for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Forum: Qualitative Social Research en_US
dc.subject human trafficking en_US
dc.subject qualitative research en_US
dc.subject Southeast Asia en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject longitudinal research en_US
dc.subject reintegration en_US
dc.subject sexual exploitation en_US
dc.subject interpretive phenomenological analysis en_US
dc.title "I Feel Like We Are People Who Have Never Known Each Other Before": The Experiences of Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Transitioning From Shelters to Life in the Community en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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