Researchers Are Utilizing Blockchian To Trace Sex Trafficking Victims

Researchers Are Utilizing Blockchian To Trace Sex Trafficking Victims

The blockchain technology and artificial intelligence are being utilized to help parents of sex traffic victims locate the whereabouts of their childr

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The blockchain technology and artificial intelligence are being utilized to help parents of sex traffic victims locate the whereabouts of their children.

The tool which helps to track the victims while utilizing blockchain and AI has been developed by Rebecca Portnoff from the University of California, Berkeley and her colleagues. The tool was developed to ferret out sex traffickers who use legal advertisers. The tool can use machine learning to spot regular patterns in suspicious ads. It also utilizes public information from bitcoin which is mostly used to pay for the ads. The use of data from bitcoins makes it possible to determine the person placing the ads.

The scientists revealed that sex trafficker utilize the internet to reach out to victims but they don’t reveal much information about themselves.

Carrie Pemberton Ford who is at the Cambridge Center for Applied Research and Human Trafficking added that the tool will assist in the investigation of sex traffickers as well as supporting prosecution in areas where the funds move fast across financial instruments.

Sex Traffickers Use Backpage

It is believed about 4.5 million people have found themselves in sexual exploitation unwillingly. In the US, the sex adverts are made on Backpage which is the second largest classified advertising website. A common sign is where advertisers place several other related ads on the site.

One of the tell-tale signs you can use to know whether a person placing ads is up to sex trafficking is where you will find several other similar ads placed on the site.

AI Examines Writing Styles

The Portnoffs tool analyses the way ads are written. The artificial intelligence highlights whenever similar styles are used.

The tool, also logs each bitcoin to a blockchain. The bitcoin does not show identities, but each bitchon has a wallet recorded next to their transactions. The AI tool then searches the block chain to identify wallets which correspond to each advertisement.

Portnoff agrees it six easy to see trends in creating the ads. The trends can form basis for police to start investigation. It narrows on the number of ads which police need to investigate.

Tool Proves Effective

The tool was tested where they run about 10,000 advertisements and within a period of four weeks, they were able to identify 90% of ads created by the same author. It was discovered that one bitcoin wallet was responsible in creating $150,000 worth of sex adverts. Backpage has not responded to the comments, but the tool has made it possible to identify a trafficker who beat a 13 year old girl.

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