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

FSU CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS EMERGING PROMISING PRACTICES AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE

On the afternoon of the first day, January 31, an introductory basic “101 human trafficking training” will be offered. This training is for those who are not familiar with the topic and want a basic understanding of human trafficking. The second and third day of the conference, February 1-2, will focus on emerging promising practices in the anti-trafficking field. Experts in the field will share their insights on promising practices within their respective realms of anti-trafficking work. Interested social service providers, agency stakeholders, community organizations and student groups are welcome to table during the conference.

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FILM SCREENING: VERY YOUNG GIRLS

Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film identifies hope for these girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a recovery agency. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion.

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