Combating Human Trafficking With Threat Intelligence — Prevention
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Recorded Future analyzed current data from the Recorded Future® Platform as well as dark web, closed sources, and open sources to identify threat intelligence solutions to aid prevention efforts in combating and mitigating human trafficking. In this report, the first of the 4-part series, Insikt Group will provide threat intelligence solutions to aid prevention efforts to combat human trafficking. In subsequent months, Recorded Future will publish 3 additional reports covering protection, prosecution, and partnership efforts, offering threat intelligence solutions, where applicable, and mitigation recommendations.
Executive SummaryEradication of human trafficking requires the expertise, resources, and efforts of many individuals and organizations. It is a complex issue requiring a multifaceted approach set in the United Nations’ Palermo Protocol known as the “4P” paradigm — Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership. The 4P paradigm serves as the foundational framework used universally to combat human trafficking.
Threat intelligence can aid in preventing human trafficking by identifying warning signs and potentially malicious behaviors. Through a compilation of crowdsourced keywords and search terms, researchers can use threat intelligence solutions, such as the Recorded Future Platform, to monitor and pull data from sources affiliated with the trafficking of persons. While a great first step, querying for such information can result in noise or false positives; therefore, we believe in the necessity of human analysts — knowing what to look for and where to look are essential for uncovering leads, building more effective queries, and setting up alerts. The Recorded Future Platform can serve as this pivot point for first responders, policymakers, and private entities in their prevention efforts by enabling research and analysis of human trafficking indicators across the dark web and other sources.
- Threat intelligence can help first responders and policymakers surface human trafficking indicators, better understand the scale and magnitude of the problem, and produce additional data sets to inform prevention and response measures.
- Using the Recorded Future Platform to build lists of human trafficking keywords and searching them against a particular digital platform, as well as closed or open sources, can help surface deceptive posts, active lures, and potential trafficking situations to further alert first responders.
- Internet-facilitated human trafficking has evolved. Traffickers have historically been known to use classified web pages but in recent years have begun expanding their recruitment and advertisement operations to free-standing web pages, social media, and messaging platforms.