by Amanda Kloer
Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day, and my colleagues Kristina and Dora over at the Autism blog are spearheading a discussion of how disability and disablism touches and affects many different issues. Therefore, this post is dedicated to trafficking victims with disabilities.
Human trafficking victims with disabilities, like all victims of crime with disabilities, tough challenges in seeking help. Victims with disabilities seek help less often than other victims, and may have difficulty communicating with law enforcement when they do. They have a higher risk of victimization and face a greater risk of being re-victimized, often at the hands of a caregiver or family member. Consequently, trafficked persons with may feel unable to contact the police. Further more, trafficking victims with a disability may not have the mental or physical resources to deal with the often long and painful criminal justice process, even if the victim is seeking justice.
- There are human traffickers and pimps who specifically prey on children with learning and other disabilities, just because they see them as easier targets.
In order to combat disablism in all fields, including human trafficking, we must break down stereotypes of victim ability and continue to focus on accessibility of all services for victims of crime. We can help trafficking victims with disabilities find freedom and access support.