Why & what we are doing
More people are trapped in human slavery now, than there were at the height of the slave trade in the 1700-1800s. Children, women, and men are all targeted. Sufficient evidence is vital for law enforcement to investigate a crime in their jurisdiction. Unfortunately, sometimes insufficient evidence enables criminals to get away. Human trafficking often falls into this category as the incidents are fast-moving, difficult to identify, and traffickers are hard to catch.
idTraffickers was created to end the crimes of human trafficking and identify traffickers and their victims. As the demand for sex slaves, organs, and child labor remains unchanging, human traffickers continue to seek out the most vulnerable individuals, and either coerce or take them. There are many websites advertising escort, massage, or prostitution services, and it is difficult to gauge which victims are real or still alive. Often, ads will feature individuals available for service, but sometimes, these images are simply copy and pasted from other areas of the internet. It can be almost impossible to identify the victims or bring down traffickers based on the website content alone.
A complete obliteration of human rights occurs when a person is enslaved. Because of this, we feel that the vicious enterprise of human trafficking must be eradicated. And, while many think this unfathomable evil only happens abroad, we know it happens right here in the United States.
What is idTraffickers?
Quite simply, IdTraffickers wants to help banish the atrocities of human trafficking. The idTraffickers software is being developed now, and the approach will be three-pronged:
- Identify traffickers and victims by pulling information off of the web, the dark web,
- and through our exclusive partnerships.
- Create actionable intelligence reports with enough evidence to bring down traffickers.
- Eliminate inefficient processes by locating this illegal activity quickly and easily and thus, eliminate the manual, time-consuming processes.
Who we are working with
As we continue to strive for the abolition of human-trafficking, we find ourselves partnering and collaborating with many other groups who share our goal. Thus, we work with anti-human trafficking organizations, non-profit groups, law enforcement agencies, companies, scholars, and advocates.
We have launched a board member’s page here.
We recognize concerns about security and confidential information. We will never share or sell any of the data collected. Please visit this page to learn about our privacy policies.
Background of Bashpole Software
IdTraffickers was born out of Bashpole Software, Inc. Bashpole Software, Inc. has been in business since 2006, and in the past ten years, has grown exponentially. Our services include database integrations, communication technologies, non-profit marketing, and sponsorship opportunities for businesses.
We are funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Initiative (DARPA), where we are currently under several Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Contracts. Our federal contract numbers are listed below:
This material is based upon work supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office under Contract No. W31P4Q-15-C-0091. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the DARPA SBIR Program Office.
The research reported in this document was performed in connection with contract W911NF-16-C-0025 with DARPA. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as presenting the official policies or position, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory or the U.S. Government unless so designated by other authorized documents. Citation of manufacturer’s or trade names does not constitute an official endorsement or approval of the use thereof. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation hereon.
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