Theses Doctoral

"I will help as much as I can, but I can't give them everything:" The Financial Lives of Women Who Were Formerly Trafficked into Sex Work in the Philippines

Tsai, Laura Cordisco

Formerly trafficked people frequently face substantial economic challenges upon community reintegration. Research pertaining to the experiences of formerly trafficked people following community reintegration is, however, very limited in scope. This dissertation consists of three studies that collectively describe the economic challenges faced after reintegration by women who were formerly trafficked into sex work in Cebu City, Philippines. The first study speaks to the context in which formerly trafficked women make intra-household financial management decisions in the Philippines. In this study, propensity score matching is used to ascertain whether women in the Philippines who manage household finances independently are more likely to experience IPV than women who manage household finances jointly with their partners. The second study, a grounded theory study, explores the process of managing family financial pressures among trafficked women in the Philippines. The third study, a financial diaries study, provides a descriptive overview of the roles that formerly trafficked women play in the financial wellbeing of their households after community re/integration, as well as challenges they experience in fulfilling these roles. Implications for social work practice with this population are discussed.



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More About This Work

Academic Units
Social Work
Thesis Advisors
Lens, Vicki A.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
January 6, 2014