Butterfly Reintegration Research

Hearing from survivors of sexual exploitation over a 10 year period about their experiences and process of recovery and reintegration.

In 2010 Chab Dai launched a ten-year research project to better understand re-integration for men and women who are survivors of trafficking for sexual purposes. Over a period of 10 years, this study aims to better understand the experiences of more than 100 survivors of abuse who have been re-integrated back into society after rehabilitation. The research team follows study participants starting from the time they are in the aftercare program and throughout their transition into a community setting.

The purpose is to “hear” from the survivors themselves, about their lives, understandings and experiences, so their voices can contribute towards a greater understanding of the complexities of re-integration. The research team releases 1-2 reports on findings each year. Our most recent reports elaborate on thematic findings around resilience, stigma, filial piety and gender.


Our latest report on Experiences in shelter care has just been released. 

I did not want my reputation to be bad because there was an organization that sent me home. The word organization – they had to help and what was I that was wrong? They said they brought me to my home, so my neighbors would ask what I was that was wrong and why there was an organization that sent me there… I felt embarrassed... They [neighbors] do not speak ill about me, but when they saw that the organization sent me there, they knew I worked for a bad workplace.
— "Experiences in Shelter Care" pg. 32