The Traffik Analysis Hub (TA Hub) is a revolutionary partnership across industries and sectors including financial institutions, NGOs, law enforcement and government agencies; all unified by the common goal of sharing data to stop human trafficking. Now live and operational, using advanced cognitive technologies developed by IBM, the TA Hub partners gather information and share highly accessible analysis of human trafficking drawing on over 300,000 records, as part of their day- to-day business.
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To unite partners to share information, in order to disrupt human trafficking and create a world where people are not bought and sold.
We can and we must work together to stop human trafficking.
Approximately 40.3 million people around the world are exploited, generating $150 billion in profit to traffickers. Global efforts to counter human trafficking by finding this profit trail are ineffective and fragmented. Traffickers need to recruit up to 20% new victims every year and maintain demand for the products and services of trafficked people and we aren’t able to stop this.
Technology in today’s advanced world allows us to find and disrupt the core of global trafficking through helping to focus all our work and make traffickers sense the increased risk.
Only by working together, by sharing our data safely and enhancing every participant’s ability to deliver, can we make a real and lasting impact on a global scale.Learn More
The market is rapidly adopting AI and cloud-based platform models to address silos across their functions, increase client satisfaction and revenue share. We’re using the same emerging technologies and applying similar design principles to help the organizations working to save the millions of men, women and children who are trafficked in countries around the world.”
– Guillermo Miranda, Global Head of IBM Corporate Social Responsibility
Today’s event and the announcement of the Traffik Analysis Hub (‘The Hub’) marks the culmination of more than four years of collaborative work with STT. Western Union firmly believes that adopting a multi-agency approach is the most effective path to take to tackle the exploitation and trafficking of people,”
– Duncan Deville, SVP and Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance from Western Union
This initiative is a huge step forward in bringing together information from across multiple sectors, including NGOs, law enforcement partners and financial services, where we can take a truly intelligence-led approach to proactively tackling human trafficking,”
– Paul Horlick, Director Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays Financial Crime
The creation of the Traffik Analyis Hub is an important event in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. It is an institutional and structural development to society, industry and hopefully rule of law that will allow much greater data and information sharing and therefore potentially greater trust and collaboration,”
– Duncan Jepson, Managing Director, Liberty Global
Trafficking in human beings is one of Europol’s main concerns in any of its forms, be it sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced marriage. Therefore, we are very pleased to support STOP THE TRAFFIK in the fight against this crime. We see great potential in this initiative, not only for better prevention and detection of human trafficking cases, but also for a further understanding and awareness raising. We are sure that the technical development of a system that enables data sharing between law enforcement, NGOs and the private sector will help to combat trafficking in human beings on a global scale,”
– Robert Črepinko, Head of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre of Europol
The TA Hub brings together two very promising elements: a truly cross-sector multi-agency partnership and an innovative technical approach. We are excited to be on board in our role as project evaluators. Such new initiatives are essential to developing evidence concerning the nature of trafficking and ultimately designing more effective solutions,”
– Professor Kate Bowers of University College London
The partners are initially drawn primarily from three sectors: financial services institutions, NGOs and voluntary sector organizations and law enforcement and government agencies. Each has potential to contribute and benefit from the program
The NGO contribution is at the centre of TAHub’s value proposition. The collective knowledge of human trafficking as experienced by victims and those on the front line helping them is consistently the missing ingredient in creating preventative strategies against trafficking.
NGOs participating in the hub will be able to provide both narratives of victim experiences and structured data about trafficking methodologies, recruitment and routes. As data accumulates, this will form a highly detailed and granular global picture of trafficking, and NGOs will be better able to focus their trafficking prevention and intervention strategies.
Financial services institutions are obliged to assess the risk of exposure to money laundering and to act quickly if such activities are found.
Access to a large and rich data set that identifies business sectors and geographies that are high risk will enable new and effective ‘Know your customer’ work and massively enhance due diligence action.
Financial institutions using TA Hub are a huge impediment to traffickers trying to profit off trafficking activities.
“It’s about data and how we leverage that data using technology in a different way to what we’ve done in the past. It actually seems to unlock what’s out there in a way we had never seen before.”
-Geraldine Lawlor, Global Head of Financial Crime, Barclays PLC
Richer, larger, datasets offer a better understanding of the problem and also help identify patterns. Enhanced typologies and indicators will help identify both victims and perpetrators and lead to lower false positives.
Hotspot data will provide information about changing trends of trafficking allowing a faster response.
Law enforcement can contribute criminal typologies from their casework and benefit from leads into potentially new trafficking activity.
Business and commerce have immense power to suppress the financial opportunities of traffickers. Business sectors that are disproportionately vulnerable to trafficking are identified from the hub data analysis.
Hotspot data and typologies shared across these risk sectors will sensitize stakeholders to the issues and enable ways to fix potential issues, as well as prevent future ones.
With access to a markedly richer analysis of the scale and nature of trafficking, Government can more effective policy decisions and better allocation of resources. Also, this data analysis enables significantly stronger community partnership, particularly in places of the highest vulnerability.
Across the globe we have moved from silo working to fears that sharing anything breaches data privacy and thus we hobble the effort to stop human trafficking. But, the TA Hub platform has changed this; it enables partners to combine data from many sources and formats, allowing analysts to draw on an even richer pool of data than ever before. Analysts are better able to identify trafficking patterns, networks and hotspots and focus the right anti-trafficking resources, in the right way.
The platform is hosted in a secure IBM Cloud environment and uses the highly advanced technologies of IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, data visualization, and data analytics, using a wide range of open source data to augment manually curated data from the programme partners.
The TA Hub's highly accessible visual analysis tools can change the paradigm for many participants, offering valuable context and background.Learn More
Because we are at a time in history where working together on a global level is not just possible, it’s an imperative and by doing so, we can have a deeply powerful impact; more powerful than by working alone. More partners means more data from a variety of sources - and this improves the IBM’s advanced cognitive technology’s ability to hone in and find opportunities to act and give you the chance to uncover and deter trafficking activity.
It fits perfectly with SDG 8.7 and the F.A.S.T Initiative.
This is your chance to be part of history and finally put an end to trafficking.Learn More Request a Demo