Italian Coastguard Detained Four Suspected People Hidden among Migrants

August 27, 2018 | Brainwave Science

iCognative by Brainwave Science : Human Trafficking Italy Smugglers Coastguard UN EU Illegal Immigration



Italian coastguard has rescued four of the 140 people brought to Sicily on the Italian ship Diciotti. The suspects were detained on suspicion of involvement in human trafficking, as the rest of those onboard were finally allowed to disembark. The migrants, most of whom are believed to be from Eritrea, were given permission to come ashore early on Sunday after a five-day standoff between the Italian government and the EU, UN refugee agency and aid organizations.

According to Ansa news agency, the four are accused of criminal association for the purposes of human trafficking, aiding illegal immigration, illegal entry by procurement, and sexual violence. The other people rescued were taken to a former military barracks in the Sicilian city of Messina, where they will wait to be processed and informed where they are going next.

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini of the anti-immigration League party, initially refused to allow the Diciotti to disembark when it arrived at the port of Catania last Monday, insisting that all those aboard were illegal immigrants and had no right to apply for asylum. Of the 177 people the ship arrived with, some 30 unaccompanied minors were allowed to disembark midweek, followed by a dozen adults said to be in need of medical attention. Several of those aboard say they suffered torture, rape and other abuses in Libya prior to making the crossing, according to doctors allowed to examine them.

After the Italian government threatened to halt its contributions to the EU unless other countries offered to host the rescued migrants, the Catholic Church intervened and finalized a deal on Saturday night. Meanwhile, prosecutors in Sicily said they had opened an inquiry into Salvini for “illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power” over the interior minister’s refusal to allow the rescued people ashore.


Human Trafficking has become a significant and growing problem globaly. The costs of such an evil practice to society include exploitation of human and mainly women’s rights, poor public health, disrupted communities, and diminished social development. 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 traffickers and to gather valuable information from an accurate source: the human brain. A 45 minutes test, with already over 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 conduct a test to validate 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, Italian 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.

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