7 traffickers arrested for duping 152 Vietnamese
January 22, 2019 | Brainwave Science
In a shocking case of trafficking of 152 Vietnamese nationals, seven people were arrested on Monday according to Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency (NIA). It is suspected that they were intending to force them into illegal work like prostitution, to pay off debts. NIA official Hsieh Wen-chung has revealed that after investigations it was found that the missing Vietnamese people had been trapped by an agency which is operated by three Vietnamese human traffickers in Taiwan. These 3 have been detained and 4 other accomplices have also been rounded up on Monday. Their modus operandi was to facilitate the passage of Vietnamese people into Taiwan and to charge anything from USD 1,000- USD 3,000. The ones who were not able to pay off this amount were forced into illegal work, like prostitution. Many of the victims who were intended to be used as prostitutes had their pictures and videos contained in the cellphone of one of the suspect. This case is now being handled by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office, which will pursue the case under the Immigration Act, Human Trafficking Prevention Act, Employment Services Act and Criminal Code.
The arrests are a testament to the omnipresence of human trafficking in Taiwan. The most victimized are Southeast Asian nationals who are lured to Taiwan under false pretenses.
There is no doubt that the case of the 152 “missing” Vietnamese nationals, has hit the headlines in Taiwanese media, but there has been little to no focus on the potential victimization of the Vietnamese nationals.
Taiwan is one of the topmost countries in the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report since 2009. This exhibits a commitment to halting human trafficking. Other countries in this topmost tier are Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, among others.
However, many consecutive reports talk of persistent problems in halting trafficking from Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia etc. especially from rural, economically disadvantaged areas.
It is extremely difficult to investigate such trafficking rings since they are spread and there are so many of them. For example, there are only three Vietnamese men who run an entire agency, and they have duped more than 150 people. One can only begin to imagine the number of such agencies which are there.
The money trail is usually followed by the investigators to trace the flow of crime, but criminals usually deal in cash so this becomes a difficult proposition.
There needs to be a massive overhaul of the conventional intelligence gathering mechanisms so that such cases have a chance to be solved with the existing manpower. Science must come to the rescue otherwise the scale of such crime is simply too great to be tackled with existing resources.
Brainwave Science seems to have the answer to this problem. They have developed and introduced a technology which can tip the scales. It can empower investigators by greatly reducing the time required to screen suspects. This radical technology is called iCognative. It has the ability to reduce the cost associated with gathering crime-related intelligence by a great factor. What’s more, it reduces the effort required and makes the test results extremely accurate. iCognative announces its results instantaneously with an accuracy of 99.9%. The results are in the form of ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’.
It simply refers to whether crime-related information is present or absent in the brain of the test suspect. True to its name, iCognative allows the investigators to tap into the brain of the test subject. The pre-requisite for the iCognative test to be conducted that investigation should have been carried out in that specific case. iCognative is relevant for intelligence gathering for a number of applications like national security, immigration, border control, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, and human and drug trafficking.
iCognative works elegantly on the concept that when the eyes of the tests suspect see information which they are already aware of, their brain responds in a specific way. On the other hand, in the absence of previous awareness, the brain responds differently. This difference in the brain response is picked up by the state-of-the-art hardware of the iCognative system. Later on, this data is sent to the software where all the responses are analyzed in order to arrive at a confident and reliable result.
iCognative does not include the torture of the test subject. In fact, no words are exchanged during this usually 45-minute-long test.
The test administrator shows crime-related information such as picture, words or phrases (also called stimuli) to the test subject who wears the specialized headset. All this hardware is provided as a part of the system. iCognative can be extremely useful for investigating the role of the 7 arrested suspects and accomplices in the case of the missing 152 Vietnamese nationals. The stimuli (crime relevant details), in this case, can be details of the known trafficking paths found out earlier from other traffickers, pictures of the trafficked women meant to be used as prostitutes, pictures and details of the missing Vietnamese persons, transaction details which are indicative of a money trail, etc.
Such iCognative tests, if run on all suspects, can yield great information about other trafficking, agencies and lead to the opening of a Pandora’s box.
Investigative agencies can move decades into the future by simply including iCognative in their tool-kit while fighting crime.
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