The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) recently launched a joint report including policy recommendations on “Addressing Emerging Human Trafficking Trends and Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
Around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new risks and challenges to victims and survivors of trafficking. It has also worsened the vulnerabilities of at-risk groups, especially women and children, to trafficking in human beings. The joint publication, Addressing Emerging Human Trafficking Trends and Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic, is aimed at providing lawmakers, civil society organizations and the private sector with effective guidance to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings. Moreover, the report promotes a human rights, gender and age-sensitive, trauma-informed and victim-centred approach now and after the pandemic.