‘Nobody will answer you if you talk’: The case for research on trafficking in emergencies

Trafficking in humanitarian emergencies: A largely unattended threat to children 

 

A new UNICEF Innocenti blog sheds light on important evidence and knowledge gaps related to human trafficking in humanitarian settings. One of the most neglected issues in emergencies, trafficking is usually viewed as a pre-existing problem and not as a direct consequence of conflict or natural disaster. Its peculiar nature is often misunderstood, remaining largely unaddressed in emergencies. However, humanitarian crises tend to exacerbate pre-existing exposure to abuse and exploitation, introducing new risks and threats especially for women and girls. More