The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the world under enormous strain,
affecting the lives of everyone. The unprecedented measures adopted
to flatten the infection curve include enforced quarantine, curfews and
lockdowns, travel restrictions, and limitations on economic activities
and public life. While at first sight, these enforcement measures and
increased police presence at the borders and on the streets seem
to dissuade crime, they may also drive it further underground. In
trafficking in persons, criminals are adjusting their business models to
the ‘new normal’ created by the pandemic, especially through the abuse
of modern communications technologies. At the same time, COVID-19
impacts the capacity of state authorities and non-governmental
organizations to provide essential services to the victims of this crime.
Most importantly, the pandemic has exacerbated and brought to the
forefront the systemic and deeply entrenched economic and societal
inequalities that are among the root causes of human trafficking.
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