Natural Disasters May Accelerate Human Trafficking
As if things weren’t bad enough. Hurricanes have ravaged landscapes and ruined infrastructure in the southern U.S. and the Caribbean this year — and activists and officials say the hopelessness wrought by such events allows traffickers to prey on those who’ve lost everything and need a place to stay. Widespread internet usage makes it even easier for traffickers to find targets, and online ads offering shelter to “pretty girls” who “send pics” tend to proliferate after disasters. Officials hope that their early warnings before the hurricanes hit might make a difference this time.