Data Collection & Analysis

Data Collection & Analysis

Although Human Trafficking has become a major issue on the world stage in the past several years, by most accounts it has been going on all along.  Its nature is secrecy, and it has been allowed to thrive in the darkness provided by the world's ignorance.  Even today, most of what is known about human trafficking comes from the testimonies of victims who were rescued out of slavery.  However, it takes several years for these victims’ stories to see the light of day, and trafficking networks adapt so quickly that by the time information becomes known in this way, it may no longer be true.  Yet accurate information about trafficking is critical to fighting it. 

But every week we encounter dozens of trafficking cases.  By interviewing intercepted victims in these cases, we are able to gather a huge amount of up-to-date information about trafficking, including demographic information about trafficking victims, how they are recruited, what they are promised, why they decide to go, how they travel, where they are going in India, and detailed information about individuals and establishments involved in trafficking. 

This information is stored in a database called the "Trafficking Data Center" which also includes information from a variety of other sources, including partner organizations, public sources (like newspapers), and interviews with traffickers in prison.  Our staff are continually analyzing this information in order to understand trafficking, trafficking trends and networks, which can help us to improve our operations, prosecute traffickers, identify targets for investigations, and share this valuable information with other stakeholders. 



Crucial Parts of Our Anti-Trafficking Strategy