Tackling the Problem of Human Trafficking with Video Testimonies

June 20, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Human trafficking is one of the widespread problem, all around the world human beings are traded for exploitative purpose: economically, physically or sexually. ‘Thousands of people from Bangladesh and Nepal – mainly poor, rural women and children – are lured to India each year by traffickers who promise good jobs but sell them into prostitution or domestic servitude, anti-slavery activists say’, as reported by Reuters.

According to the news published recently, Bangladesh interviewed victims who had a chance to come back home to their families could testify against the traffickers via video conferencing. With the help of video testimonies survivors can describe and share their suffering as well as remotely identify the traffickers in pending cases. Their video testimony can be used to prosecute and ensure justice in human trafficking cases.

“I told them how I was beaten for refusing to work in the brothel in the beginning and how the money I made was taken away,” – said Neha Maldar (to Thomson Reuters Foundation).

In 2016, Dhaka, with the help of video link one of the Bangladesh human trafficker was jailed for the first time according to the victim’s testimony to a court.


One might jump to the conclusion that with the help of the video testimony the authority of India and Bangladesh can tackle a problem of human trafficking, but because of weak internet connections there arises another issue, which stop trafficking victims dialing in for justice and quite challenging to keep them committed during the whole process. Taking into consideration all these facts, “A video conference requires meticulous planning and it is not easy coordinating between departments and countries.” Convictions for cross-border trafficking in the region are rare as most victims choose not to pursue cases that have traditionally required them to testify in Indian courts, which meant staying in a shelter for the duration of the trial.

In this context, there is a real need for a more holistic and integrated approach that can help border security agencies to deter, prevent, detect and respond to these complex threats.
What if there is already existing a technology which can help to prevent the human trafficking in Bangladesh, Nepal and India and can help delivery of truth and justice quickly, safely and accurately ?



In present-day conditions, iCognative is an advanced, futuristic, neuroscience based technology that is highly useful and applicable especially in difficult cases of human trafficking, sex trafficking, child trafficking that involve great misery and suffering to victims, families and human society as a whole.

The unique value of this technology lies in the ability to measure specific type brainwaves called P300 to detect accurately whether suspect knows the information or not, based on a simple test and a presentation of series of stimuli connected to the case. To conduct a test on a subject, the test case needs to be built with information about the case. This information is confidential, known only to the investigative agent and of relevance to the perpetrator. Considering this situation, we can use the information we have from the media: the time of day chosen to make the victims disappear – late at night or at dawn; type of clothes worn by the people that have approached the victims before disappearance – uniform; the location where the victims are approached – public roads all this information along with other information collected during investigation is utilized for the test.

The solution can accurately reveal to what degree a human trafficking 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. By matching testimonies of suspects, victims, or witnesses with readily available intelligence, iCognative offers a flawless solution that law enforcement needs and is over 99% accurate.

By introducing this new technology in their operating methods, law enforcement units specialized in human trafficking cases will be empowered with valuable information that can lead to rescue of trafficking  victims or charges and arrests of all the guilty parties. Trafficking criminals cannot hide when their brainwaves are willing to confess by using iCognative test by Brainwave Science.