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Kolkata, May 16, 2017: Terming human trafficking as one of the most derogatory criminal activities, Calcutta High Court Justice Harish Tandon on Tuesday said the crime should be nipped in the bud in order to completely eradicate it.

“Human trafficking is one of the most derogatory criminal activities as it is completely against the human kind. If we do not nip the very problem in the bud at the very grass root level, I don’t think we would be able to achieve complete success against it,” Tandon said while releasing a study on cross-border trafficking and safely along the India-Bangladesh border.

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The database shows human trafficking is rampant through the India-Bangladesh border, India-Nepal border and also from Myanmar.

Hailing the role of BSF in curbing trafficking, he said success in preventing cross-border trafficking can be achieved by intercepting the traffickers right at the border.

“If we can prevent trafficking at the very initial stage, if such strategies can be adopted to intercept them at the border stringently and rigorously, then we might achieve the call,” Tandon claimed.

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He was of the view that the socio-economic disparities among the dwellers of the border region in the state has encouraged trafficking as people tend to move to big cities in search of better opportunities.

“The disparity in the socio-economic parameters really encourages the traffickers to traffic the adolescent girls who, sometimes with the consent of the parents, come from Bangladesh to India in search of a better future and get trafficked in the process,” he added. (IANS)

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A Data Project To Predict Human Trafficking Before It Occurs By Corporate Giants

Along with IBM and Western Union, participants include Europol, Europe's law enforcement agency is also included

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People protesting against human trafficking and slavery raise their fists during a demonstration in Mexico City. VOA

Computer giant IBM Corp., financial services company Western Union
Co. and European police launched a project Thursday to share financial data that they said may one day be able to predict human trafficking before it occurs.

The shared data hub will collect information on money moving around the world and compare it with known ways that traffickers move their illicit gains, highlighting red flags signaling potential trafficking, organizers said.

“We will build and aggregate that material, using IBM tools, into an understanding of hot spots and routes and trends,” said Neil Giles, a director at global anti-slavery group Stop the Traffik, which is participating in the project.

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Ethnic Uighur Muslim boy stands inside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand. He was in a group of 200 people rescued from a human trafficking camp. VOA

Data collection, digital tools and modern technology are the latest weapons in the fight against human trafficking, estimated to be a $150 billion-a-year global business, according to the International Labor Organization.

The U.N. has set a goal of 2030 for ending forced labor and modern slavery worldwide, with more than 40 million people estimated to be enslaved around the world.

Certain patterns and suspicious activity might trigger a block of a transaction or an investigation into possible forced labor or sex slavery, organizers said.

The project will utilize IBM’s internet cloud services as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning to compare data and to spot specific trafficking terms, said Sophia Tu, director of IBM Corporate Citizenship.

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The project will utilize IBM’s internet cloud services

With a large volume of high-quality data, the hub one day may predict trafficking before it happens, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“You can’t do it today because we’re in the process of building out that amount of data and those capabilities, but it’s in the road map for what we want to do,” she said.

While law enforcement is teaming up with banks and data specialists to chase trafficking, experts have cautioned that it can be a cat-and-mouse game in which traffickers quickly move on to new tactics to elude capture.

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Also, less than 1 percent of the estimated $1.5 trillion-plus laundered by criminals worldwide each year through the financial system is frozen or confiscated, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Along with IBM and Western Union, participants include Europol, Europe’s law enforcement agency; telecommunications giant Liberty Global; and British banks Barclays and Lloyds, organizers said. (VOA)