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The Impact of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic on Global Human Trafficking


Sosamma Samuel-Burnett


G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice Online


COVID-19 is an unprecedented global phenomenon. It became a wide scale global health pandemic reaching 221 countries and territories worldwide. But beyond its health implications, the broader political, economic, and social implications have made it distinct from almost any other global health crisis in recent history. Those implications are particularly stark for vulnerable populations around the world, and especially for those vulnerable to human trafficking. Just as COVID-19 has spread across the globe, so too has human trafficking during the pandemic. This study considers the COVID-19 global pandemic and its impact on human trafficking. In particular, this study is a comparative review of 5 countries: US, Mexico, India, Uganda, and Cambodia to consider the impacts of COVID-19 in various regions and countries of different development levels. This resulting paper and presentation review the impact of this global pandemic on human trafficking worldwide, and recommendations for addressing related concerns.