Human Trafficking

Trafficking in Human Beings is a serious crime that violates the victims’ dignity and rights. The forced exploitation imposed on the victims is usually a long process that has many consequences on their health and psychological well-being. Contributing to overcome the psychological impact of trafficking and not to revictimize survivors are challenges for all actors involved in this area.

The European project Psychological Health Impact of Trafficking in Human Beings on female victims (PHIT) has two key objectives: increase knowledge on the psychological impact of one particular form of human trafficking (for sexual exploitation) and improve the support that is provided to the survivors of this crime.

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Loveth had a dream. She has been hoping for an opportunity for a long time! Going to Europe and being an international seamstress. Then someone offered to pay for her trip to her dream career, that she would repay with her future earnings. This is usually how most of Human Trafficking stories start. A promise that leads to a terrible ordeal for thousands of women around the world.  Getting to know those testimonies helps to better understand the impact of trafficking on the life and psychological well-being of these women who are going through one of the most serious human rights abuse of our societies. Do you want to discover more stories?

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Project activities are gathered into four Work Packages (WP)

WP1: State of the art and the challenges of the psychological health impact of THB

WP2: Psychological impact of THB and consequences for stakeholders’ interactions and interventions

WP3: Psychological impact of THB and consequences for EU Member States’ obligations

WP4: Development of tools and improvement of trainings for a better assistance to victims

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Academic articles and reports to gain knowledge on the psychological impact of THB for sexual exploitation


Press articles about PHIT and support documents of events, open days, seminars organized for the project


Research and data collection tools


Concrete tools to improve the assistance provided to the victims: protocols, recommendations, videos, training modules