Trauma and intervention in Southeast Asian and Chinese victims of trafficking and abuse

[Speaker] Hu, George:1
1:Beijing United Family Hospital (China (People's Republic of China))

The speaker will speak from his experiences conducting research in Southeast Asia and working as a clinical psychologist in mainland China. The crime of sex trafficking is of particular concern in many parts of Asia, where girls and women are often coerced or forced into situations of sexual slavery. This phenomenon is fueled by historical, political, and cultural factors, all of which affect symptoms as well as treatment. Additionally, cultural, social, and political factors in mainland China affect not only sex trafficking, but also changing ideas of marriage, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. The speaker will speak from his experiences working with victims and healthcare professionals in all these areas, and will detail social and cultural factors contributing to these phenomena, including cultural views of women, social heirarchies, lack of infrastrucure and law enforcement, as well as the specific intervention methods being used with victims as well as perpetrators.
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