To challenge and break the errant economic equation that sustains human trafficking and exploitation.
To create the single, coherent source of intelligence on human trafficking and exploitation worldwide as the de facto source that financial institutions, businesses, governments, NGOs, LEAs, and Academia trust and rely upon.
In 2016, at any one time, it was estimated that 40.3 million people were in conditions of modern slavery, being exploited in various ways, generating about $150 billion in profits for traffickers. Today, we estimate that trafficking in persons generates a $230 billion revenue that moves largely unchecked through financial systems every year. Every financial transaction for goods and services that is tainted by trafficking and exploitation is the 'proceeds of crime' and therefore is money laundering.
Global efforts to identify, track and counter human trafficking and the associated illicit money are ineffective and fragmented. Some jurisdictions are increasing legislation, preventative measures, and law enforcement. In parallel, many NGOs Charities and Faith Groups - motivated by humanitarian concern - have programmes to identify and rescue victims of trafficking.
And yet, despite these efforts, modern slavery in its many forms still thrives.
It is possible that the diverse and un-coordinated nature of the responses to human trafficking may be part of the problem. Organisations collect information about trafficking relevant to their own operations and develop their knowledge through that prism. But they often do not see the different perspectives of other organisations.
Voluntary sector organisations dealing with survivors have a rich understanding of the narrative of direct experiences of trafficking and exploitation. Financial Insitutions have data from potentially suspicious transactions and accounts that show signs ("red flags") of trafficking business. Law Enforcement had data about traffickers who have been investigated and prosecuted.
The overall knowledge and picture of where trafficking is and how it operates is fragmented. Organisations have little understanding of how their perspective may benefit others or how to share their perspective or their data in a safe, trusted and reliable way.
Transparancy is Key
The concept of Traffik Analysis Hub emerged to support a collaborative and trusted environment, to overcome the barriers and reluctance to information sharing.
The creation of TA Hub is an important development in combatting human trafficking and modern slavery.
By bringing partners together within a shared ownership and governance model we facilitate the sharing of data and information in the spirit of greater trust and collaboration. Traffik Analysis Hub is a solution that supports joint analysis of large AI-generated data sets, providing partners with the ability to pool data assets to generate new insights into patterns and hotspots of trafficking incidents. The TA Hub solution provides partners with highly customisable analytical tools which can be used to generate outputs of significantly enhanced values and operational consequences. It is a fundamental principle of TA Hub that collaborative data sharing will provide all its partners with greater value than can be achieved in isolation.