Join Google and Interpol by Buying Something

This past week, Google and Interpol presented a concrete way to fight trafficking.  Google is supporting a scanning app that allows consumers to verify products they buy through security features.  How it works:  Consumer (You) scans a security tag on the product.  If the app registers ‘green’, then the product has been verified – it is in the country/store/region it was intended to reach.  However, if it’s ‘red’, then the product likely is in the wrong place, meaning it was ‘trafficked’ and arrived there illegally.  The app registers the instances of ‘verified’ and ‘unverified’ products, developing a map.  Law enforcement, such as Interpol who have been dealing with these problems forever, can then identify the product and its manufacturer, and then start investigating the fraudulent product’s supply chain, putting them on the trail of the perpetrators. Also, once you’ve identified a product as ‘unverified,’ you don’t buy it, which stops your participation in the trade of fraudulent goods.

Why is this important for human trafficking?  Two reasons.  First, human traffickers use the same transport channels that illicit product transporters do.  Second, forced labor also goes into making the unverified (read: counterfeit) products.

For more info on this Google and Interpol effort, read this:

For information on contraband (from Angry Birds plush toys to batteries to pharmaceuticals)  and its toll on people and economies, check out YouTube for things like:

Girl trafficker sentenced to 170 years in jail

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SINDHUPALCHOWK: Sindhupalchowk District Court today sentenced a convict of human trafficking to 170 years in jail, the severest jail term ever served to someone in country’s judicial history. A single bench of Judge Ananta Raj Dumre today handed down the longest jail sentence to Bajir Singh Tamang, 37, of Shikharpur VDC, after a hearing on six different counts of trafficking of women. He was accused of selling six girls to brothels in Agra in India at different times in the past. The court has slapped Tamang with a fine of Rs 13 lakh and Rs 9 lakh compensation to the victims (Rs 1.5 lakh to each). The court set Rs 5 lakh fine and 40-year jail each on FIRs filed by two girls of Chautara, Rs 4 lakh fine and 20-year jail each on FIRs filed by two other victims and Rs 4 lakh fine and 25-year jail each on FIRs filed by two other trafficked girls.

The court verdict read that the judgment was taken as per Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act 2007. The court has also slapped Sukuman Dong of Banskharka with 16 years in jail and a fine of Rs 3.5 lakh and sent Tek Bahadur BK of Nawalpur to 12.5 years in prison with Rs 3 lakh fine in connection with the trafficking cases. Government prosecutors Krishnajung Shah and Darma Abatar Koirala and advocates Bheshram Dhakal and Chandra Kumar Basnet had pleaded on behalf of the victims and sought toughest possible punishment to the human traffickers.

Tamang, with his accomplices, had sold the victims in the brothels between 2007 and 2009 by sweet-talking them that he would sent them abroad and get them jobs in big cities. The girls had later managed to escape the brothels and filed FIRs with the help of Sakti Samuha, an organisation working for victims of human trafficking.The court has put cases of Dawa Tamang of Nawalpur and others, who are also accused of aiding Tamang and are at large, on hold.

Run/Walk to End Child Sex Trafficking in Algonquin, Illinois on August 11, 2012

We are not alone!  Another northern Illinois organization is finding ways to raise awareness.  Check out their story ( and getting your running shoes ready…

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