Effects of COVID-19 on Women in Recovery with a History of Human Trafficking

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Hannah Frey
Gary Dick


By Hannah Frey, Social Work

Advisor: Gary Dick

Presentation ID: 91

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to see to what extent COVID-19 has had on women in recovery who have a history of trauma-related to sex trafficking and solicitation. This study will look at how COVID-19 has affected the subject's support systems and recovery throughout the pandemic. This is a qualitative study based on a group session where the participants answer questions on their personal experience adapting to COVID-19 and its effects on their support system in recovery. This allows the participants to speak about this matter in a clear and in-depth manner. The sample in this study was created from six women. The participants are between the ages of twenty-two and sixty-seven. Four of the women are white and two of the women are African American. All of the participants are currently in recovery at the Off the Streets (OTS) program. The main findings of the study were that the clients felt COVID-19 has affected their support systems. Participants felt that they have a lack of connection and sober support during COVID-19. COVID-19 has affected individuals in recovery with substance use disorders. Connecting through technology does not allow for the same fellowship that connecting in person allows. Recovery can be an isolating experience and without connection to support systems in some way it is difficult to continue with recovery. This affects individuals in all fields and walks of life.

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Category: COVID-19 Impacts and Innovations