VFT Solutions Releases New White Paper on Human Trafficking

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Engaging Traffickers on Their Own Virtual Turf

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It is crucial for law enforcement agencies and other organizations aimed at dissolving illegal enterprises to not only recognize the crucial role of the Internet in their affairs, but also to utilize it when fighting back.

On July 14, 2014, the first ever ‘World Day Against Trafficking in Persons,’ was hosted by the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund to increase public awareness surrounding the global problem that is Human Trafficking. The event’s primary speaker and President of the Assembly, John Ashe, invited attendees to recognize the profound urgency of the problem in modern society, and referred to the industry as “a modern form of slavery” that affects “an estimated 2.5 million people,” as outlined in an article released by the UN News Center. Despite harsh social consequences, the Human Trafficking industry sees “annual profits as high as $36 billion per year […] and ranks as the world’s third most profitable crime after illicit drug and arms trafficking.” These figures may be shocking to the general public at first glance, however, just as modern (legal) businesses utilize the Internet to expand reach and profitability, businesses that fall in the ‘black market’ subcategory have also learned to reap the benefits of the World Wide Web.

In a White Paper released by VFT Solutions today, Human Trafficking is described in a fashion similar to John Ashe—as a colossal problem in need of urgent attention—but goes on to stress the importance of the Internet as a deadly forum for such illicit activities that cannot be underestimated. In the overtly connected world we live in today, it is crucial for law enforcement agencies and other organizations aimed at dissolving illegal enterprises to not only recognize the crucial role of the Internet in their affairs, but also to utilize it when fighting back.

After extensive consultation, input and guidance from trusted partners at Arizona State University’s Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, along with some of the largest police agencies and Non-Governmental Human Trafficking Organizations in the United States, VFT Solutions has developed technology to proactively engage cyber criminals involved in Human Trafficking activity online in real time, giving previously unavailable visibility into this global crisis. This groundbreaking technology will enhance the efforts of law enforcement agencies that work day-in and day-out to interdict these illicit affairs by removing jurisdictional and physical barriers that have proven to be insurmountable in the past, and provide added reach and breadth to their efforts.

The paper provides a series of insights, including, but not limited to:
●    The perceived anonymity of the Internet makes it an attractive forum for cyber criminals, who can interact with consumers easily and inexpensively, without geographic barriers.
●    In order to interdict illicit activities online, it is important to understand the motivations and behavioral patterns of those involved by engaging with them in real-time.
●    The need for a modernized, all-encompassing solution to Human Trafficking online due to the ever-growing, ever-changing nature of the Internet to aid in the efforts of law enforcement agencies.

Download a copy of the white paper here. http://www.vft-solutions.com/news-and-articles/human-trafficking-whitepaper/

About VFT Solutions
VFT Solutions is a technology service provider that provides a remedy for the ever-evolving, ongoing problem of content piracy online to help companies preserve brand equity and protect valuable assets. The VFT platform is an all-encompassing method to address and challenge rampant piracy across all cultures, platforms, and brands. The founding team is made up of leading experts in the field, dedicating most of their careers and resources to the identification and legal enforcement of anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting, and copyright infringement.

For media inquiries, contact:
Wayne Lonstein, CEO
VFT Solutions, Inc.
844-483-8765
wayne(at)vft(dot)technology

To learn more visit: http://www.vft-solutions.com

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