Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking) with a profit of roughly $32 billion every year. The U.S. State Department estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, 80% of these victims are women and children who are often forced into commercial sexual exploitation.
Data is siloed within and across organizations
Data sharing faces numerous challenges including normalization and privacy
No central repository of insights that allow organizations to act with more intelligence
Bus stops. Airports. Border crossing stations. These are the critical locations where a life saving intervention can happen on an otherwise hidden, untraceable route.
Being able to recognize potential victims of human trafficking in these country exit points requires a constantly changing strategy. Agents on the ground look for warning signs and interview potential victims, learning their demographics and reasons for leaving the country. As patterns emerge, traffickers switch methods to avoid detection.
Uptake is helping our partners by building a border and transit monitoring tool -- Reroute. This tool uses machine learning to recognize patterns in interview data.
Human bias can sometimes cause those on the ground to react slower to new trafficker methods or different type of victim profiles.
By working with data from various orgs, the tool promotes best practices and helps organizations recognize victim profiles they might have otherwise missed.
The tool filters out irrelevant noise and sees larger trends across locations, helping organizations better identify the situation as a whole.
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