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Experiences of surviviors of commercial sexual explotation availing rehabilitation at R&P homes in India


  • Vipin Vijay Nair, Mr. Lecturer & Research Scholar, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana, India
  • Sanjeev P. Sahni, Professor (Dr.) Professor & Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana, India
  • D. Daniel T. Andzenge, Professor (Dr.) Professor, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, United States



Coping mechanism, Protective Homes, Rehabilitation, Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation


Background: Sex trafficking constitute as the primary form of human trafficking involving predominantly young girls and women. Rehabilitation of rescued victims of commercial sexual exploitation is critical in efficient reintegration into society.

Aims: The main aim of the study is to explore the narratives of the victims of commercial sexual exploitation in understanding various factors towards eventual Rehabilitation within Rehabilitation & Protection (R&P) homes in India.

Method: The study involves participatory action research at R&P homes in India. In total, 30 victims of commercial sexual exploitation, aged 29-50 years, participated in the study.

Results:  The result through thematic analysis reflected the initiators and detrimental factors towards Rehabilitation in R&P homes. The analysis also reflected various internal and external factors contributing to effective Rehabilitation.

Conclusion: The results provide insight into various factors for critical action by practitioners on the field through intervention, policies, and other mechanisms. The research also emphasizes the employment of participatory action research for research with the critical and marginalized population.

Author Biographies

Vipin Vijay Nair, Mr., Lecturer & Research Scholar, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana, India

Vipin Vijay Nair is currently working as a Lecturer and an In-service doctoral scholar at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P Jindal Global University. He received his Master’s in Criminology from LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, GGSIPU, where he was awarded the University Silver medal for his academic and research vigor. He has qualified UGC-NET lectureship (Criminology) in 2016.

Nair has completed many academic and individual research projects and is actively pursuing research in the field of victimology and criminology, with active involvement in the Centre of Victimology and Psychological Studies and Centre for Criminology and Forensic Studies at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, JGU. He is dedicated in contributing inter-disciplinary work in the field of victimology and criminology by working on articles, essays and research papers. He has presented in several International conferences  across the globe. He is currently affiliated as member of few national and international organisations like World Society of Victimology, American Society of Criminology, British Society of Criminology, Indian Society of Criminology, Indian Criminology & Forensic Science Association and others.

Sanjeev P. Sahni, Professor (Dr.), Professor & Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana, India

Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni is the Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) and the Member of the Governing Body of the university. As a founding member of the management team, he was instrumental in establishing the university in the year 2009 along with the Vice Chancellor. Dr. Sahni fosters collaboration across the university and manages changes in policies and practices that affect the academic and administrative life of the university as a whole.

Dr. Sahni is the Principal Director of the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS). He also serves as a Professor in the university and as the Director of Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies, Centre for Leadership and Change and Centre for Community Mental Health.

Dr. Sahni is a distinguished scholar in the field of Psychology and his research interests span in the areas of Criminal Psychology, Cognitive and Neuropsychology, Competency Mapping, Organizational Development, and Leadership. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Organizational Behaviour. He possesses an extensive and rich experience of 32 years in Academia, Industry and Governmental Sector. His industrial expertise and extensive research allow for a more pragmatic approach in teaching, thus narrowing the industry-academia gap.


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How to Cite

Nair, V. V., Sahni, S. P., & Andzenge, D. D. T. (2021). Experiences of surviviors of commercial sexual explotation availing rehabilitation at R&P homes in India. Torture Journal, 31(1), 64–75.