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Type of document: Institutional document
Topic: Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Language: English
Date of publication: September 2004
Long Abstract: Many of the victims of violence, abuse and human trafficking are children who have experienced the trauma of many forms of abuse, sexual, physical and emotional.They may have physical illness or psychological problems as a result of their experiences. It is important to understand their needs and to respond to them appropriately. We should try to stop children being further abused after they are found. Shelters, repatriation and reintegration programmes often are in themselves abusive to the children that they should be protecting. All professionals and helpers should abide by the UNICEF Guidelines for the Protection of the Rights of Children Victims of Trafficking in Southeastern Europe and the principles of protection and respect for human rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. When we sit down to talk with a child, it may be the first time that the child has been really listened to, and this is a chance to establish trust and rapport, to validate the child’s experience, and begin to heal the hurts of the past. We need to be sensitive, patient, professional, empathic, and willing to be open to the child’s account of their experiencing, told in their own way.
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