The Leading Global Technology Platform to Disrupt Human Trafficking
The concept of Traffik Analysis Hub (TA 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 exploitation.
Traffik Analysis Hub (TA Hub) is a not-for-profit organisation based and registered in the UK and part of the STOP THE TRAFFIK Group, having been founded by STOP THE TRAFFIK in 2017. TA Hub is an impactful collaboration across multiple sectors, united by the common goal of preventing human trafficking. At its heart is a suite of technologies developed by IBM and owned by TA Hub, specifically configured to serve the needs of all those with a stake in countering trafficking.
Global efforts to counter human trafficking are ineffective and fragmented. The recent rise of the internet and technology has made it easy for traffickers to recruit and exploit.
Today, trafficking in persons generates a $150 billion revenue that moves largely unchecked through financial systems each year. Every financial transaction for goods and services that is tainted by trafficking and exploitation is the ‘proceeds of crime’ and therefore this is money laundering.
Attempts to identify, track and counter human trafficking and the associated illicit money are inadequate. 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.
TA Hub is the largest collection of survivor stories (of trafficking and exploitation) experience, and 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. TA 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 value and operational consequence. 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.
Because we are at a time in history where working together on a global level is possible 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 IBM’s advanced cognitive technology and ability to hone in and find trouble sports and actually uncover trafficking activity.