Human Trafficking: A Call for Counselor Awareness and Action

With little attention given by the counseling profession to the issue of human trafficking, the authors of this article “provide advocacy suggestions, treatment recommendations, and directions for research for this population.” This article defines sex trafficking, labor trafficking, the extent of the problem in the United States, physical and psychological consequences for victims, and discusses the raising of public awareness around this issue. The article then gives recommendations for counselors to become educated, to join the efforts of the anti-trafficking movement, and finally to be aware of signs of trafficking victims that they may come into contact with. The article calls for further research on the identification of, use of services, and treatment outcomes for victims of human trafficking.

Stotts Jr., Edward L. and Luellen Ramey. 2009. “Human Trafficking: A Call for Counselor Awareness and Action.” Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development 48. Retrieved May 30, 2012 (