The Need for Data

Data.

I feel that’s all we are talking about these days. Google collects data, Facebook collects data. Some of the biggest companies in the world are making their money simply off of data! In anti-human trafficking data is just as important. What’s the issue? There’s no standardized way of collecting and sharing data.

Facebook has over 2 billion active users over the world. That’s a lot of single unified data input. Netflix analyzes the data from the 120 million users subscribed to their platform. Everything from what shows you watch, to how long you watch them, and what episode it takes to get you to finish a season. This data is used to make money. Facebook uses its data to sell to advertisers. Netflix uses the data to create programming that users will enjoy watching. Anti-trafficking uses data to fight trafficking.

However, data collection is still in its infancy in the anti-human trafficking world. To me, that’s a problem. It wasn’t until just recently that our very own organization was just collecting data using simple google docs. What changed for us was free software (and training support!) from salesforce through our partner Liberty Asia. Liberty Asia plays the role of the higher level response to anti-human trafficking. While we work on cases individually on the ground we collect data from those cases. If the victims are able to identify a name or business associated with their exploitation we can feed that data up to Liberty Asia. On Liberty Asia’s end they can coordinate with large banks and potentially freeze their financial assets. The idea is, if traffickers are profiting off of exploitation and we can stop their profits, then trafficking will decrease. You can learn more about their program in this video:

We believe strongly about collaboration and data collection. Working with Liberty Asia is just one part of what we do to end human trafficking on a greater scale. We believe that working together with diverse stakeholders is the only way to end human trafficking. This unfortunately means that we need to do more work, and not less work. Collaboration is time consuming and difficult. At the end of the day, it’s all about our clients and we will do whatever we can to support them.

If you would like to learn more about Liberty Asia’s Victim Case Monitoring System you can read more about it here. Feel free to comment below with any additional questions.