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Child Trafficking

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Understanding Child Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Micro and Macro Level Analysis (by Azhar Abu-Ali, Mona Al-Bahar)



Tackles social aspects of child trafficking including the phenomenon of the feminization of trafficking, and the psychological consequences experienced by the child survivor.



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