Trafficking in persons (TIP) is one of the most serious crimes and a severe human rights violation. Trafficking affects women, men and children and victims regularly face multiple forms of exploitation and violence.
Trafficking in persons often involves practices such as slavery, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced labour and forced marriage which are themselves violations of basic human rights and prohibited under international human rights law. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the plight of victims of trafficking, due to lockdown measures, travel restrictions and other emergency measures imposed to combat COVID-19.
The role of first responders – police officers, immigration officers, prosecutors, judges, civil society, medical personnel – is essential to effectively combat trafficking in persons, but in many countries the role of these responders has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IDLO webinar ‘COVID-19 and Trafficking in Person: The Role of First Responders’ will bring together speakers from Liberia and other African countries, to discuss the impact of the pandemic on their work and share lessons learned, good practices and emerging strategies.