A Chain of Control
On a positive note, nearly 600 trafficking routes have been identified – in every region of the world – an increase of almost a quarter between 2007 and 2014, according to the latest U.N. statistics.
The security experts at Facebook, parent of recently acquired WhatsApp are pulling content related to trafficking, tirelessly, which is then shared with civil society, U.N Office on Drugs and Crime and several law enforcements agencies for the purpose of reporting illegal activities, including trafficking. Similarly, Microsoft is found funding research programs to understand the ways criminals misuse tech, creates software to identify and prevent exploitation of children for sex and associates with police and various agencies to discuss crimes and future prosecutions.
Even, financial institutions, including banks across the globe have joined hands with law enforcement agencies. Traffickers use different accounts to transfer small amounts of money worldwide through banks – by employing unprecedented sophisticated systems in terms of money laundering. Thus, banks implement cutting edge machine learning algorithms to look beyond the ordinaries and evaluate what goes beyond the normal transactions and how suspects access their accounts.
In the last few years, the concept of gamification too received a fresh boost of energy – it has changed how we educate and encourage activity from people. It is something that has become more relevant and useful with the advance of technology. It has become imperative, if we want to make an impact, we need to improvise our tactics and innovate the way we do it. If traffickers are using technology to ravage thousands of innocent children’s lives, we must devise smarter solutions and work harder with the same technology for good.