The stigma of being a human trafficking victim


About the research

You might think that slavery is something from the past, but it's not. Even today over 40 million people are being exploited through prostitution, forced labor or organ trade globally. There is a lot of research on human trafficking, but little attention is paid to the experiences of victims afterward. Through interviews, Victoria Wozniak-Cole (KU Leuven) is giving them a voice. She hopes to better understand the negative treatment they get and help break the stigma they face.

Victoria Wozniak-Cole
KU Leuven

Motivated by a sense of fighting injustices in society, Victoria Wozniak-Cole was particularly drawn to the people who are involved with victims after the crime, such as police officers, lawyers, judges, but also family, friends, and society more broadly. These people are supposed to support the victim, while in reality that is often not the case. Her current Ph.D. research, at KU Leuven, focuses on the treatment of victims in the aftermath of human trafficking and how we can improve it.

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