Psychological effects of Human Trafficking (South Africa)

Juanita van Heerden, Director of Escape (a Safe House), discussed the Psychological harms of Human Trafficking on SABC TV. She described how Human Trafficked people are more likely to be malnourished, have chronic diseases, borderline personality disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, anxiety and insomnia. The biggest challenge is to place the victims back in society. At her Safe House they teach the victims life skills including computer courses, reading and writing. Her concern is that South Africa wants to legalise Prostitution. She pleaded for resources to be made available to prostitutes to enable them to exit this life they are trapped in.