Anti Human Trafficking Efforts: Using Internet and Social Media!
Anti Human Trafficking Efforts: Using Internet and Social Media!“Slavery was, in a very real sense, the first international human rights issue tocome to the fore. It led to the adoption of the first human rights laws and to thecreation of the first human rights non-governmental organization. And yet despitethe efforts of the international community to combat this abhorrent practice, it isstill widely prevalent in all its insidious forms, old and new”. (Kofi Annan- FormerSecretary-General of UN)Since I have volunteered myself as anti human trafficking activist, I was constantlylooking for a solution which can not only strengthen the anti human traffickingefforts made around the world but can create a wave of social change as well.Going through lots of information on the internet and on social media, I foundthat digital technology is the only way to reach masses affected by humantrafficking aka modern slavery each year.Through my research, I realized that we need a real place where we can find allthe information about human traffickers and we can raise the voice to end thatbrutal issue that has became a No. 1 crime around the globe.Anti human trafficking policy measures have evolved internationally since 100years ago. Since 1904, the international community has been working to assemblethe pieces of the human trafficking puzzle. While governments, internationalorganizations, and nongovernmental organizations have recognized theimportance of collaboration and have established some co-ordinationmechanisms and practices, they haven’t been able to overcome challenges.Despite great improvements to international governmental and non-governmental efforts, they are not always reaching the people who need help,who are mostly deprived poor people. There are still millions who don’t evenknow what the indication signs of human trafficking are, what the forms ofhuman trafficking are, and how much their region is affected by the problem.They don’t even know which global organizations are running anti humantrafficking campaigns.
How Internet and Social Media Can Help in Anti Human Trafficking Programs:The world has seen the greatest technological revolution of all time in the past 20years. It started with the introduction of artificial intelligence followed by the riseof internet, which has worked wonders for the global information transferregime. And then there came the era of emotional intelligence when socialnetworks became a vital part of the lives of most human beings in civilizednations.There are now more than 800 million people from around the world who areusing social networks to interact with each other. What is personally mostinspiring to me is the relative absence of racial, ethnic, and religiousdiscrimination in this great melting pot of a universal nation that is the onlineworld.Imagine how powerful it would be for the anti human trafficking cause if thisenormous body of people could be inspired to unite together and lend theirsupport! Already, thousands of anti human trafficking experts use socialnetworks, and they would add their strength to our efforts to educate the largerbody of people!Concluding Anti Human Trafficking Issue in Personal Assumptions:If we harness the rapidly growing power of digital technology, our anti humantrafficking programs will have a greatly increased hope of shaping a better worldfor the next generation. We have the opportunity to save victims from themerciless brutality of the oppressive modern slaver. We must first find theoptimum digital platform to use for the launch of our anti human traffickingcampaign, where we are able to provide information on a wide scale aboutknown human traffickers, affected regions, and organizations that will helphuman trafficking victims.The most current examples that we see are CNN Freedom Project, Not For SaleCampaign, International Justice Mission, The BBC World Service Trust, ActionAid and Aide et Action. These have been granted by Internet and Social MediaGiant Google Inc., which will work in coalition to facilitate governments to stopslave labor by identifying ring masters, documenting abuse, and freeingindividuals. They will be providing refuge to victims with recovery programs andjob training to empower them for their new lives.
Google Inc. also showed trust in Anti Human Trafficking tool portals like powerfulSlavery Footprint Calculator and Polaris Project’s National Trafficking hotline.FreedomNow is also formed for the same purpose, but it’s pretty unique as it isproviding a mix of general education, resources to empower victims everywhere,and an extensive database of known traffickers and their agents around theworld.These examples show us that together we can make a difference by building asafer, freer, and more prosperous world for all. Let’s start a digital revolution foranti human trafficking now!Author:Muhammad Saad Khan is a social activist and a volunteer for anti Humantrafficking programs around the globe. He has joined FreedomNow – Acommunity built knowledge base to counter human trafficking as a researchprofessional to learn about prevention, prosecution and protection from humantraffickers.