CHILDREN FOR SALE: Lived Experience Research with Sex Trafficking Survivors in India

The legacy of millions of women and children in India today is the fracture and fragmentation impelled by a subculture of sexual enslavement.  This presentation provided an overview of the global sex trafficking pandemic, how this phenomenon is specifically impacting India, survivor stories of young girls rescued from trafficking in Kolkata, India, and within this context, ethical, socio-cultural, and identity issues as infom clinical work with this population, and impact the therapeutic container. We also considered perspectives on somatic experience as may impact lived experience research, and work in the therapeutic space.


Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs


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Indhushree Rajan Ph.D.
received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and her MA in literature and cultural theory from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Rajan is the founder and director of Project Satori, a nonprofit organization committed to the psychological healing of sex trafficking survivors, and is a worldwide anti-trafficking speaker and advocate.

DATE: October 11, 2014, Saturday
TIME: 2:00 pm am-4:00 pm
# of CE CREDITS: 2

Montecito Library
1469 East Valley Road 
Montecito, CA 93108 

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We explored various aspects of the research and clinical work that was initiated with sex trafficking survivors in a secluded, rescue shelter compound in Kolkata, India. In a spirit of honoring the lived experience and stories of the victims, this seminar featured survivor profiles and their spoken stories of being trafficked, sexually enslaved, and rescued. Within this context, we explored the impact of socio-cultural issues on the trafficking pandemic, and in closer focus the impact of such issues on the research and clinical work that was undertaken with these participants. Special attention was paid to the emotional and physical impact of clinical work with this population, and implications for the therapeutic container. We also seek to understand relevant ethical issues, and assumptions around identity in the therapeutic space when working with survivors of human trafficking, as well as treatment and intervention implications. The seminar ended with group disscussion.

  1. Participants will be able to understand the mechanism of sex trafficking and the magnitude of its impact worldwide.
  2. Participants will be able to evaluate and apply ethical issues that impact clinical and research work with survivors of human trafficking.
  3. Participants will be able to apply somatic principles in the clinical space when working with sex trafficking survivors.



  1. Overview of the sex trafficking pandemic.
  2. Discussion of socio-cultural context which perpetuates the enslavement and abuse of girls and young women in India.
  3. The lived experience lens - SURVIVOR STORIES

2:45 -3:00 pm - BREAK (approximate time)

3:00:3:45 pm - AFTERMATH: reflections and responses post-research     

  1. socio-cultural backlash
  2. culture shock
  3. research and the body - SMALL GROUPS: sharing individual reflections on emotional or physical impact while listening to survivor stories.



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