Editorial: Labour, Migration, and Exploitation during COVID-19 and Lessons (Not) Learnt


  • Annalee Lepp
  • Borislav Gerasimov




This Editorial introduces a Special Issue of Anti-Trafficking Review on COVID-19 and its impacts on labour, migration, and human trafficking. It outlines some of the main challenges that internal and cross-border migrants faced during the pandemic, including closures of workplaces, deportations, lack of access to healthcare and social support, increasing xenophobia and racism, and more. It then presents a summary of the articles contained in the Special Issue and concludes with some broad reflections on the lessons (not) learnt from the pandemic.


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Author Biographies

Annalee Lepp

Annalee Lepp is Associate Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. She is a founding member of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Canada, which was established in 1996, and a member of GAATW’s Board of Directors. Since 1997, she has been involved in various collaborative research projects that examine Canadian state policies and practices as they relate to trafficking in persons and irregular cross-border movements as well as the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers’ rights in Canada.

Borislav Gerasimov

Borislav Gerasimov is the Editor of Anti-Trafficking Review. He has previously worked in various roles at women’s rights and anti-trafficking organisations in Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and Thailand. He has also volunteered for organisations supporting Roma youth, LGBTI people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers.




How to Cite

Lepp, A., & Gerasimov, B. (2023). Editorial: Labour, Migration, and Exploitation during COVID-19 and Lessons (Not) Learnt. Anti-Trafficking Review, (21), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201223211