The Bijlmer Project is a research and intervention based project focusing on the psychosocial needs of victims of human trafficking,who were bought and sold for sexual exploitation. It deals with a larger issue at hand -MODERN DAY SLAVERY.
It is a collaborative project between Webster University (Leiden) & Christian Aid & Resources Foundation (CARF) situated in the Bijlmer (Amsterdam Zuid Oost).
Affiliations at the community level, which translate into establishing and maintaining on going relationships with organizations that work at the grass root level, are critical to the success of The Bijlmer Project. Webster University, Leiden & Christian Aid and Resources Foundation (CARF) have come together to work on this project.
We are in the process of establishing contact with other individuals and organizations both governmental and nongovernmental.
Majority of the studies conducted in the recent past have focused on factors contributing to the increase in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The predominant factors being education, globalization, poverty, unemployment, political instability, family values and size in the supply source countries.
While the prevalence rates and the economics of this transnational trafficking industry have been well documented there has been limited focus on investigating the psychosocial needs of the trafficked victims and consequently a lack of intervention based programs.
Research findings are indicative of the presence of psychological disorders in the victims of human trafficking, e.g. anxiety, depression and PTSD but there is fragmented anecdotal evidence to suggest the type of interventions that are effective in addressing these psycho-social needs.
This study is a comprehensive-questionnaire based study to explore the needs for psychosocial intervention from the victim’s perspective, therefore an ‘inside-out’ approach. It consequently contributes to the 2nd phase, The Bijlmer Bridge2Hope that works on developing a training module for a peer education program for trafficked victims.
A comprehensive questionnaire based interview study conducted by Webster University in collaboration with CARF:
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