ISSUE BRIEF N. 2
Responding to Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis
Reducing the Vulnerabilities of Crisis Affected Populations, Including Migrants, in Preparedness, Response and Recovery Efforts
Sarah Craggs, Laura Lungarotti, Michela Macchiavello, Agnés Tillinac,
International Organization for Migration
Trafficking in persons is a complex and serious crime. The short- and long-term physical and emotional implications can be debilitating and life altering for the victims. The MICIC Initiative aims to help save lives and protect the rights and dignity of migrants. While it is well recognized that trafficking in persons takes place in times of peace, it can equally take place in times of crisis. Migrants are abused, exploited, and lose their lives at the hands of human traffickers in times of armed conflict or natural disaster. This dimension, however, is largely overlooked by governmental and non-governmental actors alike and merits specific attention.