Understanding the consequences of prostitution and the sex slave industries on the victims helps to gain the means to understand how to treat the conditions developed during that time, which can include, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Self-Image issues, and inabilities to maintain normal healthy relationships in their lives.
Child sex trade is common in developing countries, while prostitution is an industry prevalent in the United States, as well. Victims may either be sold by family, have run away from abusive families, and were kidnapped into the industry. These facts alone can be traumatic enough. Then add upon that, possibly, years, of STDs, physical, beatings, potential rape, and loss of general basic rights and freedoms can create a truly fragile and mentally damaged group of young people (Busuttil, 2011).The psychological damage present in victims of the sex slave or prostitution industries can be quite extreme, in fact, they are 3 times more likely to suffer from suicidal thoughts or tendencies (Green, 1994).
Although the majority of the prostitution and sex trade industries focuses on females, however, young boys are, also, quite prevalent in the industry. One study showed that in Pakistan, truck drivers who are away from their families for long periods of time, 95% will engage in sexual relations with young boys during their travels (Busuttil, 2011). In fact, while prostitution and the sex trade is primarily women of all ages, adult males are seldom sold specifically into the sex trade, nor do they often opt for prostitution as a gainful means to supplement their need for food and income. Children, by and large, are far easier to manipulate and control. The psychological effects, as mentioned, are relatively shared equally among girls and boys; self image issues, low self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, inability to form proper relationships, and, very often, PTSD. In boys there is an interesting