Leveraging Data Prep to Prevent Human Trafficking


Earlier this year, on a stifling 101-degree day in San Antonio, Texas, 10 people died after being held in a tractor-trailer at a Walmart parking lot. Those who died were alongside 20 others who were packed in the truck and suffering from what CBS News described as "dire conditions." The driver of the trailer was accused of driving a trailer packed with immigrants for "commercial advantage or private financial gain."

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(Image: Filipe Frazao/Shutterstock)

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. Of those victims, 68% of them are trapped in forced labor, 26% of them are children, and 55% are women and girls.

While human trafficking is a major global problem, Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, Polaris, is using data to learn more about this issue and prevent future instances of human trafficking and enslavement.

Polaris recently went through a digital transformation -- not one that included lots of buzzworthy technologies like AI and machine learning -- but a transformation that involved a simple upgrade to their data prep process so they could better analyze their data to fight human trafficking. Polaris was gifted a data prep tool from Paxata. Before they had this tool, most of their data sets were being handled manually in Excel.

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Emily Johnson is an Associate Editor on UBM America's Content Marketing team. Prior to this role, Emily spent four and a half years in content and marketing roles supporting the UBM America's IT events portfolio. Emily earned her B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter @gold_em.

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  • 12/4/2017 11:51:15 AM
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It does seem the issue is really one well hidden, which of course is the whole idea for the smugglers. While living in a rural agriculural area, we sometimes see news reports of arrests and investigations, it's still a topic that most people seem to not pay attention to. I wonder if those that employee thel workers either need more educations to spot what's happening or to up the penalties for cooperating with the traffickers.

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  • 11/30/2017 11:38:17 PM
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@maryam: Tell me about it. I have a friend who is involved with a charity dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking. They're not one of these fluffy "awareness" charities; they actually do things that have a real beneficial impact on human-trafficking survivors. But they still have to do so much awareness work because to many people it's a nearly non-existent, 3rd- or 4th-world problem at most. It's not visible.

And don't even get me started on the term "modern slavery". That qualifier "modern" minimizes what it is. Slavery is just slavery -- plain and simple!

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  • 11/27/2017 2:04:11 PM
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It is very sad that this issue is so prevalent and not more widely reported. We don't often see political candidates discussing human trafficking and its implications to society. In fact, in my own local area, I see shops set up as Spas that are open at odd hours and have questionable websites while law enforcement looks the other way. If there was an organization or place where victims could go or contact someone for help it would change the dynamics and impact the trafficker who often go unpunished to victimize more innocents.

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  • 11/27/2017 12:08:43 PM
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@Predictable: Yes, this is an example of what has become known as the Streisand Effect (so named for the broad and rampant spread of pictures of Barbra Streisand's home after she tried to suppress the photos). Information fundamentally wants to be free -- and the stronger the attempt to supress it, the more likely it is to not only get out but to get noticed and "go viral".

Re: Human Trafficking
  • 11/26/2017 12:32:11 PM
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Seth reports:

The majority of human trafficking world wide is for labor: 63%.   Here is the U.S. it is mostly the sex trade: 71%   More horrifying is that 10% of all victims are forced into slavery by governments. 

Interesting stats. However as a Huffington Post article points out, 

1. Slavery and human trafficking can mean two different things:

Modern-day slavery involves exploiting people, often through forced labor or sex. Human trafficking is when a person is recruited, harbored, provided or obtained for the purposes of exploitation — often sold as an object. Trafficking victims, two-thirds of whom are women and girls, are recruited by means of threat and are often sent into the sex trade or forced to get involved in manual and servitude work, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

 

Re: Human Trafficking
  • 11/25/2017 9:22:19 AM
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The majority of human trafficking world wide is for labor: 63%.   Here is the U.S. it is mostly the sex trade: 71%   More horrifying is that 10% of all victims are forced into slavery by governments. 

US:  Labor:  16%

       Sex:  71%

       Sex and Labor:  4%

       Not Specified:  9%

 

World:  Labor:  63%

            Sex:  22%

            Sate Imposed Explotion (Sex or Labor) 10%

 

Re: Human Trafficking
  • 11/25/2017 8:54:19 AM
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Indeed.  So many refugees desperate for anything have been tricked.  San Francisco is a major hub where sex workers are trafficked through. 

I found this quote back from 2006

These workers are cohercered by threats to themselves or their families back in their countries.  ""Human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar business. In terms of profits, it's on a path to overtake drug and arms trafficking," said  Barry Tang, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement attache with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in South Korea."  (Source SFGATE, Oct 6, 2006)

If that's true, that was 10 years ago so maybe now it has surpassed. 

An unitended consequence of legalizing marijuana is that drug cartels must now earn money from other sources.  

 

 

Re: Human Trafficking
  • 11/25/2017 8:42:06 AM
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It's an amazing pandemic, and I suppose something that will plague humanity as long as poverty and inequality exist. And war ... how many of these trafficked people have been forcibly taken during war, or led to their life by the dislocation of war..

Human Trafficking
  • 11/24/2017 11:22:45 PM
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It is kind of Amazing to me that human trafficking is just as bad of a problem if not worse, than it was a couple hundred years ago. 

Interpol just arrested 40 human trafficers this week and rescued over 500 individuals; 237 of them were children.  This was in West Africa but it's a huge problem here even in the U.S.

 

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  • 11/22/2017 6:14:37 PM
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[After being convicted of murder] Werlé and Lauber again received international media coverage when Werlé attempted to remove his name from foreign media sources, including the English language Wikipedia, citing German privacy laws.

I guess he wasn’t successful since this quote is on Wikipedia.

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