Sociology (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

April Schueths


Domestic human trafficking, especially of minors, has become a serious though largely

invisible issue in the United States. There are, however, organizations and policies in place that

have become active in caring for, restoring and reintegrating those survivors who have been able

to escape. Through the perspectives of service providers, this exploratory qualitative study

examines the factors of vulnerability of victims, the issues that support reintegration for

survivors and the best practices as well as indicators of success when caring for survivors. This

was accomplished through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with representatives from

various social service agencies in Georgia that are involved with human trafficking. This

research fills the gap in literature by adding to the best practices for aftercare of survivors of

human trafficking.