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Prevent Human Trafficking - Report and Respond Project
Human trafficking happens all over the world – it is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, fraud, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.
Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) has special expertise in understanding and preventing human trafficking in Thailand.
While many people think of sex trafficking when they think of human trafficking, there are there are as many people who are trafficked for forced labor, such as on fishing boats, domestic work & more.
Of course human trafficking in the sex industry is also a major problem in Thailand (& elsewhere).
Many good people are trying to wipe out human trafficking.
But it's not so easy — Human trafficking is caused by a variety of complex and interacting factors.
Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and government agencies try to intervene in this complex system, but it is not easy.
NGO's and government agencies often find themselves a step behind human traffickers – running their very lucrative “business”.
In fact, human traffickers use technology to make themselves more nimble than NGO's and government agencies.
For example they use mobile phones to coordinate trafficking people from Burma through Thailand to work as forced laborers on Thai fishing boats, factories, and other industries.
Government agencies and NGO's have been clamoring for ways to use technology as well as the human traffickers do.
Many human traffickers operate underground and send photos of these people to their “clients” to choose from and then exploit.
That's why Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) decided to develop what we're calling the Rapid Report and Response (R3) system.
People will be able to use the system to report suspected human trafficking activities via text message from their cell phones.
Using high security measures, this alert will be authenticated and routed to the nearest first responder who will go to the site of the report and look for evidence of the incident.
If the incident is confirmed, the first responder can send a text message (SMS) that will create a red dot at the site of the incident on a digital map, and will alert the nearest multi-disciplinary team or trusted enforcement agents.
The trusted enforcement agents and multi-disciplinary teams will seek to intervene in the alleged human trafficking incident.
Their intervention will be digitally mapped by a blue dot which will appear on our website so that people can track cases.
If the trusted team is unsuccessful in their attempt to intervene, they can text in a message and the blue dot will be automatically be replaced with a black dot.
If the trusted team successfully resolves the incident then they can text in again and the black dot will be replaced by a green dot.
One great benefit of the Rapid Report and Response (R3) system is all the useful data it will generate.
NGO's and government agencies will be able to use that data to prevent human trafficking more effectively.
Once we test the system in Thailand we plan to expand it to other countries in Southeast Asia.