Business Profit vs Human Value
Perpetrators have a flexible business model that enables them to capitalize on vulnerabilities of potential victims. They have resources and technology that gain continuous profit from pornography, sexual exploitation, labor exploitation and organ trade at an estimated $120 – $150 billion per year. In other words, pure profit is always two steps ahead of anti-trafficking programs.
The anti-trafficking business model for governments, NGOs and the private sector invest is not so flexible. Funding is heavily influenced by economy, political agenda and other factors. Government business plans are often well-intentioned short-term projects. Short-term funding strategies impact long-term NGO work via fundraising and competition. The private sector may comply with sustainable goals, but often fail to make it part of their core business planning and investment strategies. Therefore, the return on anti-trafficking investment is difficult to measure because their is no global agreement for “sustainable profit.”
The same technologies that fuel human trafficking can become a powerful source to combat human trafficking. Government, NGOs, private sector, civil society, academia and international organizations need to develop a digital strategy with common goals to prevent and combat human trafficking. We see a digital opportunity in how technology can be developed, harmonised and deployed.
Data sharing is the future. Organizations must effectively change data into isights into their daily work as part of a knowledge-sharing community. We envision a completely new digital infrastructure that enables all actor organisations to share information in a secure and energy-efficient way for continuous process improvement. Sustainable profit is the fiscal ability to prevent, prosecute and protect society from modern slavery.