Resiliency and women exiting sex trade industry work

Hickle, Kristine (2017) Resiliency and women exiting sex trade industry work. Journal of Social Work, 17 (3). pp. 302-323. ISSN 1468-0173

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Abstract

Summary: A qualitative approach was used to explore the experience of exiting sex trade industry work from the perspective of 19 adults formerly involved in the sex trade industry. A narrative approach to data collection was used explore the participants’ experiences of successful exiting and phenomenological analysis was employed to identify themes that reflected the ways in which participants developed resiliency throughout the exiting process.

Findings: Themes include: connection (including subthemes: survivor presence, children, and spirituality), resources (including subthemes: networks, structure and safety) and personal growth.

Significance: These themes represent women with diverse experiences in the sex trade industry, including a majority who were victimized by (internal) sex trafficking. The findings demonstrate opportunities for social work practice to address the diverse needs
of individuals exiting the sex trade industry, specifically for those who experienced sex
trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 13:07
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 11:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60613

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