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Human Trafficking and Family: A Neglected Link, Essential in any Work of Prevention and Protection

Jacqueline Oxman-Martinez, Jill Hanley

The present article addresses a new subject of concern: the impact of their families on victims, either by rendering them vulnerable to human trafficking, or by constituting an obstacle to the victim’s attempts to escape the traffickers, once caught in their net. When a woman or child are trafficked, their family situation is of prime importance as far as protection is concerned. Whether these victims fear for their families, or whether they are afraid that they will continue to be exploited by them, it is still essential that familyrelated problems should be taken into account and provide new avenues for research.