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The researchers of this pilot study conducted three in-depth semi-structured interviews with four mental health workers in Nairobi to obtain a deeper understanding of their perceptions of human trafficking in Kenya. Four themes that increased vulnerability for entrance into the human trafficking trade were identified. Individuals were at increased risk for forced labor exploitation due to socioeconomic factors, traditional African practices, cultural beliefs, and political risk factors. This article provides implications for practice and support for community mental health workers, counselors, and educators working with survivors of human trafficking. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Litam, S. A., King-White, D., MacCluskie, K. C., & Phillips, J. C. (2021). Mental Health Workers’ Perceptions of Risk Factors for Human Trafficking in Nairobi, Kenya: A Preliminary Qualitative Investigation. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 2 (2), 104-116. https://doi.org/10.34296/02021031