Report for October 27, 2017
By Ann Cubillas
The fight still continues throughout the world to eradicate Human Trafficking. It
seems like an endless battle but strides do get made every day to prosecute those
involved and to support and aid victims.
A new way of fighting has been catching traffickers through the “Hidden
Internet”, more commonly known as the deep Web. A new set of search tools
called “Memex” has been developed by DARPA and peers into the “deep Web” to
reveal illegal activity.
Memex is an experimental set of Internet search tools the U.S. Department of
Defense is developing to help catch and lock up human traffickers. DARPA is
creating Memex to scour the Internet in search of information about human
trafficking, in particular advertisements used to lure victims into servitude and to
promote their sexual exploitation. Much of this information is publically
available, but it exists in the 90 percent of the so‐called “deep Web” that Google,
Yahoo and other popular search engines do not index.
“Memex” – a combination of the words “memory” and “index” first coined in a
1945 article for The Atlantic – currently includes eight open source, browserbased
search, analysis and, data visualization programs as well as back‐end server
software that perform complex computations and data analysis. Such capabilities
could become a crucial component of fighting human trafficking, a crime with low
conviction rates, primarily because of strategies that traffickers use to disguise
their victims’ identities.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates there are about 2.5
million human trafficking victims worldwide at any given time, yet putting the
criminals who press them into service behind bars is difficult. In its 2014 study on
human trafficking the U.N. agency found that 40 percent of countries surveyed
reported less than 10 convictions per year between 2010 and 2012. About 15
percent of the 128 countries covered in the report did not record any convictions.
The technology has already delivered results since DARPA began introducing
Memex to select law enforcement agencies about a year ago. This technology
helps law enforcement build evidence‐based prosecutions, which are essential in
fighting human trafficking. In many complex cases prosecutors cannot rely on
traumatized victims alone to testify. Evidence is needed to corroborate or, in
some cases, replace the need for the victim to testify. HOW GREAT IS THIS TOOL!
In Florida bills continue to be introduced in the fight against Human Trafficking.
CS/CS/SB 852: Human Trafficking
GENERAL BILL by Appropriations ; Criminal Justice ; Garcia ; (CO‐INTRODUCERS)
Benacquisto ; Flores ; Campbell ; Braynon ; Latvala ; Hukill ; Torres
Human Trafficking; Requiring the Department of Children and Families or a
sheriff’s office to conduct a multidisciplinary staffing on child victims of
commercial sexual exploitation to determine the child’s service and placement
needs; revising the continuing medical education course requirements for certain
relicensures or recertifications to include a course in human trafficking; adding
human trafficking to the list of crimes requiring pretrial detention of the
SB 96: Human Trafficking Education in Schools
GENERAL BILL by Steube
Human Trafficking Education in Schools; Revising the required health education in
public schools to include information regarding the dangers and signs of human
trafficking; authorizing a student to opt out of a specified portion of the health
education under certain circumstances, etc.
Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 10/10/2017 Senate ‐ Now in Education
We must be vigilant in our fight. This is the right of Human Dignity for all persons.
I encourage all of you to take time to research your area and read articles to
educate yourself. As you can see it is an uphill battle, BUT we do not want it to be
known as the war we could not win.