Scotland police alarmed by big rise in human trafficking cases

March 1, 2018 | Brainwave Science



The number of reports to police of potential human trafficking has soared over the past year. Figures show there were 213 referrals to Police Scotland in 2017, up 42% on the previous year. The biggest rise was in cases of labor exploitation, up 64%; over half of them are related to male victims.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “During development of our national strategy and since its publication, last spring, human trafficking, and exploitation has rarely been far from the news agenda. “That, together with the public information campaign, has helped ensure greater public awareness of the issue and the harm it causes.

“Trafficking and exploitation can take place in any community and does not only affect people from overseas. It is essential that if we see or suspect something, then we contact the appropriate authorities
Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “People are trafficked for a variety of purposes, including commercial sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, forced criminality and domestic servitude, and all for the profit or personal gain of the traffickers.

“They are often trafficked across international borders, but also within Scotland.

“It is alarming that of the 213 referrals to Police Scotland last year, 61 of those involved children.”

He added: “The signs of a person being exploited can be seen within our communities and by raising public awareness of the signs, it is crucial that all suspicions of such activity are provided to the police.”




With the rise in human trafficking cases in Scotland, the authorities must provide an efficient way of protecting citizens from this danger and uncovering suspects and responsible parties.

Human trafficking violates human freedoms and human fulfillment by exploiting and victimizing men, women, and children into forced labor, bonded labor, and sexual servitude. This problem is often caused by weak border security and ill-equipped law enforcement that can’t keep up with the way criminal networks keep improving and refining their methods of action.

In recent years, new developments in technology and communications equipment have enabled transnational criminals to plan, coordinate, and perpetrate their schemes with increased mobility and anonymity. In addition, human trafficking routes are also used for other illegal activities, such as drug trafficking and more.

Law enforcement needs updated means of advanced intelligence solution that can empower them in solving more human trafficking cases.

With all this in mind, a new innovative approach and change in strategy are mandatory.




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Human traffickers work in devious ways. False love and feigned affection are critical tools used by the trafficker against their victims in attaining long-term mind control. This tactic often includes gifts; complements; physical/sexual affection; and feigned warmth or concern for the victim’s well being. Accompanied by this behavior are grand promises for a better life, luxury, and/or fast money. Once trust is gained and the victim is separate from her (or his) environment, the tactics abruptly change toward abusive conditioning.

With this mental manipulation, human traffickers can turn innocents into victims, disrupting the natural course of their lives.

The iCognative solution enables intelligence officers to distinguish between innocents and suspects and to gather valuable information from an accurate source: the human brain. A 45 minutes test, with already 99% proven accuracy can obtain from the suspect’s brain useful information as 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 technology can verify tips from informants or calls from people detecting human trafficking behavior or victims with the information stored in the brain of a suspect. For example, a person connected to a victim can easily call the police, provide their concerns and information and send law enforcement on a new lead and a new suspect. The intelligence officers can screen the brainwaves with the help of iCognative and identify what the suspect is concealing if he has any connection to the victim, a human trafficking network, a trafficking situation that already happened or is about to occur, known associates, details of the crime or information about the victim.

Using iCognative you can verify if the statements of suspects, victims, or witnesses are entirely correct and it can match testimonies with readily available competitive intelligence. iCognative offers a state-of-the-art automated cloud-based technology experience that law enforcement and national intelligence departments urgently needs.

With the use of this innovative security solution, Scotland police can find new leads that will advance their investigations. Furthermore, the information obtained through a iCognative test enables authorities to reach new suspects, aiding their mission to protect borders and citizens in equal measure.