Global Pandemic, Local Devastation: Frontline Efforts to Support the Most Vulnerable   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has had a devastating impact on those most vulnerable to modern slavery. Around the world, communities already suffering from poverty and exploitation have borne the brunt of the virus and its accompanying economic fallout. Lockdowns and the shuttering of factories have pushed millions of families to the brink of starvation. Remittances have dried up as borders have closed and migrant workers have returned home. To cover emergency medical bills or other basic needs, many are resorting to taking out high interest loans despite the risk of falling into debt bondage. More children are being sent to work or married off. Vulnerability to traffickers is rising. [...] This report provides an update on the situation in each of our program locations, as well as summarising the activities undertaken so far by our partners with ERF [Emergency Response Fund] funding, and the early impact we're seeing. This is a mere snapshot, as response activities will continue across all our program locations for some time."

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