Objective
To generate new evidence on the relationship between human trafficking and long-distance transport corridors and cross-border posts in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will look into the role of HVT corridors in Tanzania and Uganda in trafficking persons, particularly the types and scale.

The project is also looking at the experience of individuals or groups who are at a high risk of being trafficked and how to support them, how transport actors fit within the networks of human traffickers and the existing anti-trafficking legislation. We will also investigate what innovations could prevent or counter the negative impacts of trafficking in persons (TIP) and the relationship between COVID-19 and TIP in HVT corridors.

Potential Impact
Influences changes in anti-TIP policy and legislation, increases knowledge of and capacity to implement anti-TIP interventions in transport sector.

Study Country
Tanzania | Uganda

Research Supplier
Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd in association with Transaid, North Star Alliance and Scriptoria
Cathy Green | Team Leader

Approach
There will be five phases, the inception phase which includes initial stakeholder engagement and literature review, research preparation, primary research, pilot intervention, uptake and embedment. Cardno will use a mixed methodology, with existing literature review, surveys and key informant interviews and a small pilot study to improve social inclusion on Transport Corridors.

Expected Outcome
Aim to generate new evidence on the relationship between human trafficking and long-distance transport corridors and cross-border posts in Sub-Saharan Africa.

COVID-19 Challenge
Vital that up-to-date information on the linkages between COVID-19 TIP, and transport companies and operators is examined and implications for future phases of the research are considered. The planned implementation research will therefore integrate the following questions:

  • How is COVID-19 influencing the push factors for TIP from the perspectives of victims?
  • How is COVID-19 increasing incentives for traffickers to engage in TIP?
  • How does COVID-19 affect experiences of the TIP transport process?

Research Publications 

Literature Review: An Investigation into the Impact on Social Inclusion of High Volume Transport (HVT) Corridors and Potential Solutions to Identifying and Preventing Human Trafficking