2 human trafficking victims rescued in Philippines , 1 suspect arrested

April 3, 2019 | Brainwave Science

 

2 human trafficking victims rescued in Philippines , 1 suspect arrested SITUATION

Two persons were rescued in a police operation in Bayugan City. They are victims of human trafficking, one of them is a minor. Agusan del Sur is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Caraga region in Mindanao. The Caraga Police Regional Office on Wednesday said officers of the regional police, Bayugan police, and the city’s social workers carried out a search warrant issued by Judge Isah Echem-Tangonan of Regional Trial Court Branch 33.

During the operation, Avelina Jummamoy, a resident of Barangay Poblacion was arrested while the two victims, who are believed to be cybersex performers employed by the suspect, were rescued. Authorities recovered one computer set, a cellphone, a tablet, a video camera, speaker, internet router, a telephone, assorted sex gadgets and other pieces of evidence which may have been used in cybersex operations. Jummamoy will be charged with violation of R.A. 9208 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and Section 4(c)  (Content-related Offenses) of R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

CHALLENGE

People are getting connected like never before, thanks to the internet. This largely unregulated cyber world has given so many advantages for humanity in general, however, on the other hand, it also opens a window of threats, one of the threats towards this interconnected world of the internet today is online sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking, as widely known, remains one of the issues in developing countries. According to Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides information that number of cases in the case of human trafficking increase significantly in the last 5 years (UNODC, 2014)

Human trafficking and the prostitution of children is a significant issue in the Philippines, often controlled by organized crime syndicates. There are several leading factors contributing to trafficking in the Philippines including, criminal networks throughout Southeast Asia traffic young girls and women for sexual exploitation.

The numbers of human trafficking in general and sex trafficking are always in the increase year over year.

Cyber-sex and conventional prostitution are linked at a higher level, in terms of the perpetrators and organizers. To embark on such a massive plan using an existing technique translates into massive expenditure. Besides, the enforcement agencies need time, laboratories for processing evidence, etc.

Traffickers come in all sorts and forms. In the Philippines, some recruiting agencies are trafficking rings luring Filipino migrant males and females into debt bondage through the charge of high commission fees.

To crack down on this illegal activity in such a culturally and geographically diverse nation, a massive amount of manpower is needed. Also, using conventional investigation techniques, there is the need for a coordinated nationwide crackdown to bust the prostitution rings. Cyber-crime investigation needs to be carried out in parallel since most of the solicitation and fulfillment is carried out using websites and social platforms.

There is a pressing need for modern technology to take over interrogation and investigation, into cyber-crime. Accuracy, reliability, and cost-effectiveness should be the characteristics of investigative techniques which are used in solving a modern crime.

To save the citizens from sexual exploitation, the regional police and Bayugan police must explore ways to quickly identify and put the traffickers behind bars.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

The perpetrator and the client in the case of human trafficking are equally at wrong and thus must be interrogated and investigated. A criminal usually leaves some sort of clue behind. discovering such clues is a costly, time-consuming and labor-intensive affair. The case under investigation may hit many roadblocks due to delays on the parts of the judiciary, legislature or the executive branches of the government.

What if there existed a technology which could help investigators delve into the mind of a suspect or a witness. It would speed up the process of interrogation. Massachusetts based, Brainwave Science has developed and introduced such a technology. The name of this pioneering and cost-effective technology is iCognative. Brainwave Science is a USA based company which has introduced a modern technology which has completely revamped investigation and intelligence gathering. It is non-invasive and does not need the test subject to be tortured or to be made to suffer. Yet, it does not compromise in any way on the amount of intelligence it can gather. In fact, it is widely applicable to all sorts of areas such as prostitution, cybercrime, financial fraud, kidnapping, hijacking, national-security, border-security, immigration, and counter-terrorism.

iCognative is backed up by a proven science which quickly detects concealed information by measuring brain waves. The criminal plans and executes the crime, and thus his or her brain is aware of the minutest details. They are embedded in his or her memory. iCognative exposes an individual’s brain to pictures, words or phrases related to the specific crime under investigation. The brain’s response to such stimuli is immediate and involuntary. The brain responds differently depending on whether the brain possesses prior awareness of the information conveyed by the stimuli or not. iCognative system uses a specialized headset which measures the brain responses. and analyses these in the computer system. The result of whether incriminating information is present in the brain of the test subject or not and reports it immediately. The iCognative test helps the investigators to quickly move from screening one test subject to the other, and to narrow down to the most likely subject.

In this case, iCognative test should be administered to the arrested suspect (Avelina Jummamoy). The stimuli in this test can comprise details gathered about the crime such as details present on the computer set, call records through the cellphone a tablet, a video camera, speaker, internet router, a telephone, assorted sex gadgets and other pieces of evidence which may have been used in cybersex operations and also those who were arrested in similar cases in the past. For stimuli, the test administrator can compile details such as records of accessing the online websites for soliciting sex, records of posting the advertisements, call and transaction records for the earlier purchase of sex. The suspects who were suspected of pimping can be shown stimuli such as details of earlier known victims, suspected hideouts and brothels, sites of kidnapping, phone and social media records of interactions associated with pimping, etc.

iCognative can accurately and reliably indicate if a test subject possesses knowledge of a specific crime. At the same time, it can be used to de-construct and get an idea about the structure of a criminal organization, find the position of the test subject in the hierarchy of his or her criminal organization. iCognative, by Brainwave Science, is highly customizable, 99.9% accurate, non-invasive, and easy to learn.

Investigating agencies in the Phillippines must try out the cutting-edge technology called iCognative , by Brainwave Science to speed up investigations and to put the guilty behind bars.

Main source: Inquirer

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