Technology for Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection, 20th MAR
Background about the symposium:
The ILO in its recent study estimates that a staggering 40 million people worldwide are enslaved through human trafficking, making an estimated $150bn in profit annually.
Human Trafficking respects no borders and is a crime that transcends national boundaries in its commercial chain of exploitation and therefore requires global definition and global efforts. The most universally accepted definition of human trafficking is the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation”.
The use of technology in trafficking is not extensively documented. However, experiential, and anecdotal evidence shows that Internet and other digital technologies, mobile phones or communication technologies are being used for the same. Technology can and is being used to accelerate the reach and diversify modes of trafficking with increased challenges for prevention, investigation or prosecution. Therefore, the need is to understand its usage by criminal networks and to build capacity of society and institutions to also deploy technology as a solution to effectively combat trafficking.
Objectives of this Symposium
- Raise awareness about the issue of trafficking and particularly the use of technology by the perpetrators as well as those fighting the issue
- Understand the challenges that are currently being faced with regard to the use of technology in Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT)
- Sharing of strategies that are working both within India, as well as internationally
- Devising innovative technological solutions that could be implemented to help with prevention, prosecution and protection in the trafficking sector
- To develop a way forward to implement the innovations and necessary tools to make the fight against human trafficking more effective
- In all this, to generate a closer-knit partnership between academia, corporate India, Public Sector and NGOs in the fight against human trafficking.
The proceedings of the symposium will be compiled in the form of a report and would list all participants and their contributions.
09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 INAUGURAL SESSION
10:30 – 10:55 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
11:00 – 12:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Technological Challenges in Anti-Human Trafficking
- Moderator: Ms. Gayathri Kalia, Justice & Care
- Liberty Asia: The benefits and mean of shared data
- Mr. Mohan Ram: Lawful Interception
- Mr. Pankaj Bafna, Managing Partner – Bafna Law Associates: A Legal Perspective on technology in Human Trafficking Crimes and Convictions
- Mr. Sam Inocencio, National Director – IJM Philippines: Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Mr. Rizwan Shaikh, CTO – Pristine InfoSolutions: The Deep Web and what it means to Human Trafficking
- Mr. Peter Roxburgh, Sr. Director – Justice & Care: Technology for Capacity Building
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Leveraging Technology for Child Protection & Anti-human Trafficking
- Moderator: Prof. Manish, Infosys Chair Professor, IIIT-B
- Mr. Harvind Singh Bhullar, Founder – Bhullar Law Firm: Following the Money trail
- Mr. Valmeeka Nathan, Member-Executive Council – Nasscom Foundation: Technology Governance and Sustainable Outcomes
- Mr. Pronab Mohanty, Deputy Director General – UIDAI, Karnataka: Current Challenges and Successes faced by the Police
- Mr. Nataraj KS, VP – Open Innovation & Tech4Good, Accenture Labs
- Mr. Prateek Dubey, Director – HR, IDFC Bank: Banking Efforts in Tracking Organized Crime
- Ms. Srujana M, Machine Learning/Data Science Consultant: Machine Learning Opportunities
15:30 – 16:30 IDEATHON
16:30 – 16:50 Conclusion and Way Forward
16:50 – 17:00 Vote of Thanks by Prof. Amit Prakash, IIIT-B