Libya issues arrest warrants for over 200 alleged human traffickers

March 22, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Libya issued arrest warrants for more than 200 Libyans and foreign human traffickers suspected of involvement in a smuggling network for Europe-bound migrants, the attorney general’s office declared.

“We have 205 arrest warrants for people (involved in) organizing immigration operations, human trafficking, (cases) of torture, murder, and rape,” said Seddik al-Sour, the director of the attorney general’s investigations office.

Libya descended into chaos since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi’s regime in 2011 and has become a hub for hundreds of thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants trying to reach Europe by sea.

The suspected ring of human traffickers is alleged to include members of security services, leaders of migrant detention camps, and embassy officials from African countries based in Libya, Sour also said. In addition, Seddik al-Sour stated that investigations into smuggling networks were carried out in coordination with the Italian prosecutor’s office.

This is the result of a joint unit between Rome and Tripoli to combat smugglers and human traffickers involved in the intelligence, coastguard and justice sectors of each country. Moreover, Sour said his office had established a direct link between the smugglers and the Islamic State.




Human trafficking violates human freedoms and human fulfillment by exploiting and victimizing men, women, and children into forced labor, bonded labor, and sexual servitude.

In today’s world, this problem has spread throughout borders worldwide, threatening the lives of citizens and their security.

Although human trafficking is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will.

The oil-rich country ruled by a web of militias and two rival authorities has routinely been criticized for abuses against migrants. In addition, Daesh takes advantage of trafficking networks to move from one country to another, to find refuge or to seek medical treatment. Sour said that according to the investigation, traffickers do “sell” migrants to each other, but not as slaves.

Moreover, the way human traffickers upgrade their methods to create harm is a real challenge for authorities. Most of the times, the means of investigations at law enforcement’s disposal fail. This is because they are time and money consuming and also prone to human error.

These criminal networks bribe relevant parties and take advantage of weak border security and ill-equipped law enforcement. This facilitates their trafficking routes. Security analysts have reported that the funds and financial capital accrued from trafficking tend to heavily breed a multitude of other transnational crimes such as arms trafficking, corruption, illegal migration, and terrorism.

The main challenge for law enforcement is to collect quality intelligence sufficient to identify and disrupt the leadership of criminal complex networks. Law enforcement’s failure to possess updated means of advanced intelligence gathering can lead to costly missed opportunities and increased risk for innocent civilians.




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iCognative utilizes advancements made in the field of neuroscience and technology to enable a highly accurate identification of a person by distinguishing what a suspect, witness, or victim truly knows. Furthermore, the technology behind it is easy to use by law enforcement and provides valuable intelligence. Its mission is to relentlessly deliver truth and justice at a global level.

The solution can accurately reveal to what degree a suspect is involved in a trafficking case, what information a victim or perpetrator is concealing, and whether a suspect has any other incriminating information connected to other crimes. The iCognative can be used to verify suspects, witnesses any other person even slightly related to the case.

The methodology is easy to use by the law enforcement agents. In this current case, the 205 arrested suspects can be successfully interrogated using iCognative test. All acts of crime, deliberations or planning are generated and recorded in the brain. This way a whole network of traffickers and their nexus with terrorists can be brought down.

The test is extremely simple. Few items or objects collectively called information needed to build the test case stimuli which is evidence in the case investigators identified.  Stimuli is nothing, but information related to this specific crime that you would like to input into the system or that the investigators consider being relevant and significant to the perpetrator in the specific crime. Authorities can use pictures or words as stimuli related to their immigration operations, human trafficking, cases of torture, murder and rape. Another evidence can be specific dates, places and time when the illegal actions took place, and this is also something that can be inputted into the system as stimuli. No matter the nature of the crime, suspects, criminals or members of security services, leaders of migrant detention camps or embassy officials from African countries based in Libya, can be tested with iCognative technology. As a part of the test above stimuli can be shown to each suspect on a computer screen and collect brain responses in a noninvasive fashion through our technology and the test results will be given in a fraction of a minute, that tells which suspects are associated with this crime.  This information will be very critical for investigation team to solve the crime.

Technology can take any significant items may not be connected to the crime in the near vicinity of the illegal acts along with other significant items such as a potential boat they have been traveling with and use them as a stimulus in the test. This is a unique way of testing suspects using iCognative technology, that is not possible with any other forensic techniques.  Based on how the brain responds to the mentioned stimuli, the system will detect if the information is significantly present in any suspects brain or not. In addition, iCognative can be used to see if the accused officials, in this case, have further connections in their country of provenance. This is very useful in determining the scale and proportion of the suspected trafficking ring at a global level. Moreover, it can determine which persons from intelligence, coastguard and justice sectors of each country are involved in the criminal ring after a simple 45 minutes test on each suspect. This can further stop the expansion of the criminal networks by detecting the guilty parties, their connections, actions, and plans.

By creating tremendous value for law enforcement, iCognative is best positioned to mitigate the complex security risks facing the world today.



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Libya issues 200 arrest warrants for human traffickers