The traffickers usually subject their victims to a period of physical andpsychological abuse in order to subjugate them as much as possible before they are put to work. The objective is to break the spirit of the victim so that they follow orders and believe they can never escape.

Abuse may include:
· Confinement in a small area (usually alone)
· Deprivation of food, water, and/or clothing
· Beating
· Threatening with a deadly weapon
· Rape by captor