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Mission and Overview
Traffik Analysis Hub’s (TA Hub’s) mission is to develop the world’s most comprehensive and sophisticated anti-trafficking digital platform to facilitate and accelerate the ability of organizations to disrupt and prevent the root causes of modern-day slavery and exploitation. TA Hub provides a community of over 100 organizations globally―including businesses, financial institutions, law enforcement, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)― with a trusted technological solution. The platform works to significantly increase resilience, build knowledge, and ensure that businesses are guided by the best intelligence. TA Hub analyzes incidents of trafficking and discerns how they are linked to the global trade of forced labor and sex trafficking. TA Hub, employing advanced cognitive technologies developed by IBM, combines multiple data sets in one secure system and facilitates the sharing of information quickly in a user-friendly format.
TA Hub was conceived as a concept in India in late 2010 by founder Neil Giles, a senior U.K. law enforcement officer with 35 years of experience. Giles saw the extraordinary scale of trafficking and exploitation, spent time with survivors, and recognized that the justice process was fundamentally incapable of handling the magnitude of this crime. A smarter approach was demanded to make the scale and nature of human trafficking transparent. The unique blend of open-source scraped data, survivor narratives, and an assortment of complementary source material that TA Hub provides took seven years to gain traction with the anti-trafficking community. In 2017, the concept of TA Hub became reality when Clifford Chance LLP offered legal advice to get the gears running and IBM built the architecture for the platform.
TA Hub is an online platform containing the detail of over a million human trafficking incidents, the richest dataset worldwide. These incidents comprise NGO data case files, police and law enforcement data, and media reports. They use and incorporate open-source datasets, such as the Open Apparel Register and groundbreaking collaborations with organizations like the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence
This data is brought together in visualizations to enable users to access the following information in a highly consumable manner:
Cleansing of corporate supply chains.Rescuing and rehabilitating those who are being trafficked.Preventing trafficking activity.Arresting and prosecuting those who are trafficking.
Initial success can be separated into four main areas:
- Driving collaboration through a unique intelligence community and enabling academics, law enforcement, NGOs, businesses, and financial institutions to work together with the hub as a focal point.
- Identifying and exposing trafficking routes widely used by traffickers to move their • victims across continents from recruitment into exploitation.
- Providing an opportunity for businesses to measure their progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives by providing an economic analysis and an ability to inform supply chain integrity.
- Identifying and exposing trafficking incidents through the development of the richest compendium of red flag typologies of trafficking transaction patterns for the financial industry in partnership with Red Compass, a financial crime consultancy.