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How AI Is Saving Lives and Stopping Human Trafficking

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How AI Is Saving Lives and Stopping Human Trafficking

This article looks at how AI can save lives and help stop human trafficking.

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How AI Is Saving Lives and Stopping Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a horrific crime that impacts between two and four million victims. The impact of modern-day slavery is far-reaching and affects families across the globe. Social scientists, developers, and law enforcement are working together to cut down on the number of people victimized by human trafficking.

Everyone involved was at a loss when trying to track down and arrest these criminals. Worse yet, the trafficker would likely only get charged with one crime, even if they were running a trafficking empire.

Artificial intelligence has plenty of practical uses in marketing and customer service, but can this technology stop and prevent the open trade of human beings? An organization called Delta 8.7, which consists of the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, the Alan Turing Institute, the Computing Community Consortium, Tech Against Trafficking, and independent donors are working together in an attempt to solve this problem with AI once and for all.

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Catching Criminals Through Data Mining

The hardest part of tracking human traffickers and the victims is sorting through the leads that endlessly come in. There are only so many hours a day, and it takes time for people to read through posts on Craigslist and emails. After reading through the data, human investigators are tasked with finding common threads and what they’ve found to stop future crimes from occurring.

We know that AI is excellent at handling large quantities of data and turning it into tangible information within seconds. Google and Facebook have mastered this technique by allowing business owners to reach their target audience and deliver relevant ads. At the same time, consumers can connect with like-minded individuals with dynamic group and friend suggestions.

Delta 8.7 is attempting to replicate the results by developing an AI program that looks through social media, email, and more in an attempt to catch traffickers in the act. The goal is to build an interconnected global network that actively tracks and destroys secret trafficking operations.

Image-Based Machine Learning for Identification

Image-based AI programs are evolving and helping everyone involved in Delta 8.7 capture both human sex traffickers and those who participate in slave labor. Their initiative, Slavery from Space, uses satellites in space to track popular locations for forced labor in an attempt to prevent people from falling victim and save those currently living as a modern-day slave.

The technology analyzes data based on the poverty level, population, survivor narratives, and physical location to determine if the work taking place in these locations is legal. For example, the satellites can track active mineral mines and determine if the people there are victims of trafficking or if they are legitimate employees.

AI image software goes beyond recognizing broad areas and determining data about the location as a whole. There are programs capable of tracking individuals by using photographs. The software takes the image and scans for pictures of this individual over small or broad sections of the internet. Based on the analytic data it gathers, the program can pinpoint and identify photos of missing people faster than a real person hunting down thousands of leads.

Case Tracking

Artificial intelligence programs can help investigators track and manage cases of human trafficking. There are multiple uses for this technology, and each one plays a crucial role in tracking down and arresting these criminals.

For example, AI can provide investigators with information about the personality traits, habits, and lifestyle of a human trafficker. Investigators take this information and build profiles, which they feed into the mapping software we previously mentioned.

Additionally, law enforcement can analyze data from survivors of human trafficking to determine their strengths and weakness that eventually led to their victimhood. This data can help psychologists and law enforcement work with victims to catch the people behind the trafficking ring.

Looking Ahead

There are countless uses for AI today. Everything from marketing campaigns to medical diagnosis is partially run with machine learning software. It’s no surprise that artificial intelligence technology helps those looking to catch human traffickers. As technology advances, we expect to see more case uses and innovations of AI in criminal cases and technology as a whole.

Further Reading

Big Data Analytics Solution Helps Prevent Human Trafficking

How AI Is Impacting Industries Worldwide

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big data ,ai algorithm ,machine learning ,artificial intelligence ,data mining

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