Understanding the Impact

Human traffickers thrive during crises

Every crisis makes people more vulnerable to labor and sex trafficking because of the disruptions to daily life – whether it is the loss of a home, job or access to health care or being unable to connect with support networks of friends and co-workers. These disruptions are especially devastating to those who are already vulnerable and hanging on financially. They become desperate for any way to earn money and survive.

As one trafficking survivor said recently, “Before COVID-19, we were ‘low-wage, low-skilled’ workers, but now, we are ‘essential.’”

However, this new label, “essential,” has not resulted in better pay or job security — quite the opposite, and this is where traffickers can enter the picture.

Trends in Human Trafficking and COVID-19

  • Police and child protection reports are down
  • Risks to online exploitation higher – especially for youth
  • Traffickers isolate victims
  • Travel is restricted
  • Millions out of work
  • Economic challenges greater for women, minorities and under-resourced populations
  • Higher than average unemployment, evictions and displacements
  • Options limited if survivors are exposed to or have COVID-19
  • Justice system impacts

Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry

This free webinar is one in a series that BBCAHT, STAC, and others in the Big Bend of Florida are organizing during this time of social distancing and in observation of January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. We are happy to extend this invitation to friends and colleagues throughout the Big Bend and beyond – please join us!


Just Exits for Survivors of Exploitation

AEquitas, in partnership with the Just Exits expert Survivor Advisory Council, will transform justice by closing ON RAMPS to and building OFF RAMPS from sexual exploitation. Through the Initiative, they are:  Educating prosecutors and law enforcement about how exploiters manipulate,…