Impacts of Covid-19 on Human Trafficking in Sudan

The project explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on modern slavery and human trafficking in Sudan.




Main Image Credit Siegfried Modola / Alamy Stock Photo


Our research assesses 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.

Project sponsors

AHRC Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre, COVID 19 Rapid Response

Main Image Credit Siegfried Modola / Alamy Stock Photo

Aims and objectives

This project aims 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 are 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.

Project output


Access the key report for this project

Report: The Impacts of Covid-19 on Human Trafficking in Sudan

This report, jointly produced with University of Nottingham Rights Lab in April 2021, provides a case study of pandemic in transition.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Human Trafficking in Sudan


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