Tom Obokata spoke to Reuters about the ways that human traffickers will benefit from the coronavirus pandemic

Professor Tom Obokata has spoken to Reuters about the ways that human traffickers will benefit from the coronavirus pandemic, with worldwide business closures potentially pushing vulnerable workers into slavery.

In the article, it discusses that Human rights groups have warned that mistreating migrants may drive them further into the shadows, leaving them prey to traffickers and increasing their risk of spreading the virus.

“Tightening and closing borders only makes things worse ... as it increases human trafficking,” Obokata, a Japanese academic based in Britain, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in his first interview since starting the U.N. role earlier this month.

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