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Led by the University of Nottingham Rights Lab, the research assessed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on modern slavery and human trafficking in Sudan through semi-structured interviews with public-sector officials, civil society representatives and intergovernmental actors, as well as surveys, an evidence review and a focus group with Sudanese survivors living in the UK.
AHRC Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre, COVID 19 Rapid Response
Aims and objectives
This project aimed to improve understanding of the ways in which the coronavirus pandemic has affected modern slavery and human trafficking in Sudan, and to recommend practical steps to help address these dynamics.
The objectives of the study were to:
- Explore the impact of the pandemic on the nature, scale and dynamics of modern slavery in Sudan, including considering impacts on Sudan as a source and transit country.
- Investigate the impacts of the pandemic on modern slavery responses and support provision within Sudan, including adaptations to provision and the experiences of survivors.
- Understand how the pandemic has affected key vulnerability and risk factors that contribute to modern slavery in Sudan, including among particularly vulnerable groups such as women and girls, refugees and internally displaced people.
- Develop evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for government, civil society and international actors on preventing and addressing modern slavery in Sudan during and after the pandemic.