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The experiences of survivors of human trafficking in Australia and Singapore

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This thesis investigates how survivors of human trafficking reflect upon their lived experiences, contextualised within their life narratives. Adapting the Grounded Theory approach to qualitative research, I conducted semi - structured interviews with 12 survivors in Australia and Singapore (Strauss & Corbin, 1998). My results suggest that a unique constellation of pre-trafficking factors contribute to survivors' vulnerability and encapsulation. This in turn has psychological consequences that impact the strategies survivors' employ to exit their trafficking context. Post - trafficking experiences are characterised by the transition from systemic dependence to resettlement with ongoing consequences for their psychological wellbeing. My findings and theory help to fill large gaps in the literature and drive recommendations for service provision, interventions, legislation and further research.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An introduction to human trafficking -- Chapter 2: The research method: grounded theory -- Chapter 3: Overview of the grounded theory -- Chapter 4: : Survivors' experiences of pre-trafficking -- Chapter 5: : Survivors' experiences of trafficking -- Chapter 6: Survivors' experiences of post-trafficking -- Chapter 7: Discussion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 293-310

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology

Department, Centre or School

Department of Psychology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Amanda Barnier

Additional Supervisor 1

Anthony Arcur


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