The internet has enabled a proliferation of marketplaces for services, from freelancers, to job servers to adult services to logistics to dating to accommodation. While this has changed the economy and delivered benefits to users and customers, it has also created a fertile soil for exploitation.

The basic functionality of these sites is similar, an advert for services is posted, along with reviewing, messaging and payment functionality, and we have seen a proliferation of posts that are aimed at luring people into trafficking situations, or enabling the economic exploitation of people.

Within these adverts and chats are clues to high-risk exploitation. By manually reviewing adverts STT has successfully fed these to FIs and LEA that have led to direct action, e.g. multiple SARs and to site owners to shut down these adverts. To make a difference we need to scale this dramatically from piecemeal analysis (building on current work) to a truly global safeguarding tool that can incorporate  data from across the world and in multiple languages.

In this workshop, Stop the Traffik will present on how it uses digital tools, and members interested in collaborating with them are invited to take part.

  • Where: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD.
  • When: 9:30am - 12pm, Monday 13 May
  • Agenda:
    • 09:30 - 09:40 Introduction and welcome
    • 09:40 - 10:00 Disrupting Trafficking – Ruth Dearnley, CEO, Stop The Traffik
    • 10:00 - 10:20 How traffickers use technology to exploit people – Neil Giles, Director of Intelligence, Stop the Traffik
    • 10:20 - 10:30 STT tech stack – Tom Higgens, Director of Data and Technology, Stop the Traffik
    • 10:30 - 10:40 Break
    • 10:40 - 11:30 Breakouts
      • How can tech companies work together to stop this exploitation?
      • How to spot traffickers using the websites to exploit vulnerable people ?
      • What tools are available that could help?
    • 11:30 - 11:40 Break
    • 11:40 - 12:30 Report from breakouts, round up of solutions available and next steps

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