Human trafficking has been at the heart of a lot of controversy, news coverage, and humanitarian efforts for a long time, with a special focus over the last few years. Although human trafficking in the sex industry has, for the most part, taken center stage in discussions about the issue, illegal slave labor and forced military duty also make up a large portion of this issue.
27 million people live as slaves in today’s modern society, many of them children used in slave labor or sex slavery. Human slavery encompasses sex trafficking, bonded or indebted servitude, domestic slavery, and even child soldiers. While the majority of slavery occurs in Asia or Africa, human trafficking is re-emerging in the developed world as well.
Growing globalization, massive migration, extreme poverty, overpopulation, corruption, and racial and sexual injustice are all correlated to modern-day human trafficking and slavery. The lack of public awareness is also an issue, especially when it comes to the amount of slave-produced products we purchase and use every day.
We believe that data analysis can be used in a lot of aspects related to human trafficking, especially in the identification of potential victims and high-risk environments. We also believe that we can understand more about the behavior of people and organizations involved in human trafficking, whether the traffickers or those being trafficked.