While the pandemic has brought everyone their fair share of upsets and annoyances, new information suggests that COVID-19 is having a disastrous impact on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC). Shutting down businesses and limiting public spaces hasn’t stopped traffickers… like the rest of us, they’ve simply adjusted to this “new normal”.
COVID-19 has a number of increased risks for trafficking victims, such as the worsening of control, violence, and isolation. It also seems to have pushed traffickers to lure and sell children through online avenues, like websites and various social media platforms. The stay at home orders, while helpful in stopping the spread, may actually force some victims to quarantine with their abuser/trafficker.
We also know that many of the root causes of sex trafficking have been intensified by…
- Deepening social and economic inequalities
- Creating obstacles in accessing assistance and support for survivors/ those in need
- Increasing national unemployment rates which can amplify feelings of desperation that leave people vulnerable to trafficking and exploitative practices
Anyone can be trafficked, but we know that some groups living on the margins of society are at a heightened risk. It’s very important that information on the recruitment tactics of traffickers and where to get support, reaches youth…before traffickers do. With the help of our generous supporters, donors, volunteers, and youth allies like you, we’re working harder than ever to get this information to them, swiftly. To learn more about our prevention education work and help us achieve our goals click on the button below.
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