In December of 2019, continuing a practice started in 2010, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
In all its forms, human trafficking is an intolerable blight on any society dedicated to freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law...I call upon industry associations, law enforcement, private businesses, faith-based and other organizations of civil society, schools, families, and all Americans to recognize our vital roles in ending all forms of modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing all forms of human trafficking.
We’ve written about trafficking and grooming extensively. Weak, keyword-based moderation technologies make it easy for traffickers to find and groom victims within any kind of online community — from gaming chats to dating apps. We’re passionate about helping our customers realize how their platforms can be used by perpetrators and how our technology can help them.
In that spirit, we will be publishing blogs reviewing the problem and outlining how online communities can unknowingly help traffickers find and exploit victims. We’ll be sitting down with Jo Lembo, National Outreach Manager at SharedHope.org, on January 29th at 10am PT (register to listen in to the discussion here) to discuss the people, processes and technologies that help prevent trafficking. Our January newsletter will wrap it all up in a bow - summarizing all the blogs and the webinar.
We hope you find the content inspiring and useful. Let’s work together to make this year’s Human Trafficking Prevention Month the most impactful.