How is Covid affecting county lines and modern slavery?

Feb 2021 Update: Modern slavery and Covid-19

Researchers explore the impacts of Covid-19 on different areas of modern slavery.

An exploration into the impact of Covid-19 on UK organised crime has been conducted by the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab in collaboration with the De Montfort University School of Law, and funded by UKRI as part of its Covid-19 rapid response research scheme.

Unfortunately, it suggests that county lines gangs adapted to the restrictions of the spring lockdown quickly. Read more here

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has also commissioned 11 research projects to explore the effects of the pandemic on modern slavery.

Many of the projects focus on analysing various aspects of the impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains. Two projects look more specifically at the situation of workers in the UK. One analyses the situation of seasonal migrant workers from Romania in the British agriculture industry amid the pandemic. Another applies new technologies to establish the location of informal workplaces in the UK and the situation in the informal economy evolving during the pandemic. Read more here

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