Fatigue and weight loss, neurological symptoms, and gastrointestinal problems were most commonly reported. Generally, the proportion of women reporting various problems decreased between each interview.
A significant majority of victims (82 per cent) reported feeling “easily tired” at the first interview.
Fatigue symptoms remained common and severely felt. Even 90 days after the trafficking event fatigue was still reported by 41 per cent of victims.
Many victims of trafficking have had little sleep due to being forced to do gruelling activities for long periods of time. Chronic or prolonged sleep loss not only affects an individual’s ability to concentrate and think clearly, but also weakens the body’s immune system and ability to endure pain.