What is ETG Supporter Training?

What is ETG Supporter Training?

This 8-hour course will provide a broad overview of best practices for supporting sex trafficking victims and a focused look at supporting coercion resiliency.

Topics include domestic sex trafficking facts and statistics, “the game” (trafficking subculture), the breaking process, psychological coercion, dual identity, recidivism, language sensitivity, and how to support a survivors’ true self.

The overarching goal is to foster a deeper awareness of trafficking victims’ needs and offer practical skills to aid in victim resiliency.

This course will be led by sex trafficking survivors using lecture, small group activities, video clips, and application exercises.

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Learning Objectives of ETG Supporter Training

Define “coercion” in accordance with psychology and mental health definitions

Describe the common coercion process in trafficking: Bend, Break, Build, Lock

Identify signs of dual identity within trafficking victims

Explain the impact of language and word choice in reinforcing or fighting coercion

Explore best practices for speaking to a survivor’s true self

Practice motivational communication skill: OARS

Provide an overview of the Ending The Game Curriculum

Video preview: snippets from the ETG supporter training.

Who is ETG Supporter Training for?

  • All staff at survivor housing facilities
  • Mentors and church volunteers
  • Attorneys and legal advocates
  • Law enforcement
  • First responders
  • SART Nurses
  • FFAs
  • Family members of survivors

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We train service providers, survivor-leaders and family members to understand psychological coercion in trafficking and ways to help victims overcome it.

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Join the Fight with ETG against sex trafficking

Over the last decade, thousands of domestic sex trafficking victims have been identified and offered services.[1] Though there is little evidence-based research on the mental health treatment of victims of human trafficking[2], one disturbing trend cannot be ignored: “(Victims) are usually extremely loyal to their trafficker. Oftentimes they do not self-identify as victims and do not actively seek escape….The power of psychological bonds is very strong.”[3] To date, most traditional interventions and therapeutic responses do not address this apparent attachment to traffickers, as well as the connection a victim may feel to a lifestyle characterized by sexual exploitation. Thus, the underlying cause remains hidden, or is never addressed.

The crime of sex trafficking is defined as “causing a person to engage in commercial sex acts by use of force, fraud or coercion.”[4] Though usually presented together there is a difference between force, fraud and coercion. Force is generally an overt act, and while fraud manipulates surface beliefs, coercion manipulates core beliefs.[5] Coercion is invisible, intended to elude even the victim. Despite coercion being unseen, it is the key to understanding the lingering attachment to a trafficker or to a life characterized by commercial sexual exploitation.

Whether resolute to return, wavering in ambivalence, or desperately trying to suppress a desire to return, many victims experience some level of attachment to traffickers and/or “the game.”[6] It is a troubling and perplexing reality that many victims feel powerless to combat. However, in our current system of care, once there has been a physical separation from a trafficker, we place the burden on victims to make use of services on their own, without guidance or a clear understanding of what mind control is, and why they may feel an urge to return to the person/s who have victimized them.

[1] The Polaris Project (2012). Shelter beds for human trafficking survivors in the United States. Washington, DC
[2] US Dept. of Health and Human Services (2010). Evidence-based mental health treatment for victims of human trafficking. Washington, DC
[3] Quote from Craig Williams, Senior Agent, Oklahoma Human Trafficking Unit in “Facts and Fiction of Human Trafficking in Oklahoma” The Daily Ardmoreite. 16 Dec. 2013
[4] 22 U.S.C. § 7102(8)(A).
[5] Hassan, Steve. (1988) Combatting Cult Mind Control
[6] Pimpin’ Ken., & Hunter, K. (2008). Pimpology: The 48 laws of the game. Simon & Schuster.

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Watch our free one-hour supporter training video

Experience ETG Supporter Training for yourself. In this one-hour preview, Rachel Thomas discusses psychological coercion.