Print news articles from independent and reliable news sources reporting on individuals and organization in the criminal justice system for trafficking related offences are a crucial source of actionable information in the fight against human, wildlife and natural capital trafficking.
Collecting these articles and identifying key data points such as the name, gender, nature of the crime, dates of arrest, charges and industry, allows members of the anti-trafficking community to build a better picture of activities and the nature of those perpetrating the crimes. This data is also useful to law enforcement, financial institutions and financial intelligence units.
In addition, the data offers a greater understanding of the role of print media and how concise regular reporting is very effective to increase transparency and knowledge to reduce trafficking.
Liberty Shared's Information and Data Collaboration programme has been working with nearly 40 NGOs across Africa, Asia and South America. We are very grateful to Giant Oak for all their work in creating this platform with us and in particularly Harsh Pandya who has been brilliant. Thank you
We recognise there are obvious limitations to the current data sets and many questions to be answered. We are working hard with our partners to provide a more comprehensive understanding and more data points, including publication date, source country, transit country, destination country, method of transportation and weight of seizure, and we look forward to presenting information on these as data becomes available.