The Information Gap

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and human slavery are global problems affecting millions of men, women and children. The nature of the crime combined with the cryptic strategies of traffickers make it difficult for governments to confidently estimate the full size and scope of the problem.

While the problem is increasing, so too, are the number of aid organizations, national governments, and law enforcement agencies actively combatting human trafficking.

Anti-Trafficking Information Sharing Platform

In less developed regions, poor communication infrastructure and inadequate information sharing hinder efforts by government agencies, foundations and NGOs to help victims.

It is in this space that the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) can serve in a leadership role, bringing on-the-ground experience and expertise in academia, technology and foreign affairs. Following our fact finding mission in the Mekong Sub Region and onsite case study of the Haitian SMS efforts, we propose a two part pilot program.

  1. Regional cross-border SMS and voicemail enabled hotline
  2. Standardized victim identification format and case management/monitoring system.