While COVID-19 dominates conversation and the world is in lockdown, human trafficking is far from people’s minds. Human trafficking thrives because it is a hidden crime. Officials with the London-based Stop the Traffic organization are trying to get the full picture, but this much they know for sure: Exploitation hasn’t stopped for COVID-19.
The World Economic Forum has predicted the virus will:
- Worsen the situation for victims currently in exploitation.
- Increase the number of people vulnerable to exploitation.
- Disrupt anti-trafficking operations/prevention (For example Brazil has halted anti-slavery operations.)
In response, officials with Stop the Traffic have come up with responses to six misconceptions about human trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read their full blog here.