US National Guard Soldier charged with human trafficking at the California border

November 14, 2018 | Brainwave Science

US National Guard Soldier charged with human trafficking at the California border: Brainwave Science


An American Soldier has been arrested for trafficking of humans on the eve of the visit of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to the southwest border. The California National Guard soldier was caught near San Diego this weekend. The soldier tried to smuggle three Mexican men into the United States. The accused, Private Acosta-Avila was absent without leave (AWOL) when he was arrested.

The arrest comes at a time when President Donald Trump has ordered around 7,000 active-duty US troops to be stationed in California, Arizona and Texas, as a show of force against arriving migrants from Mexico.

Many critics including Obama have labelled this deployment as a political stunt. Before the midterm elections last week where the Democrats took control of the House, President Trump had rallied strongly against the migrants.

5,000 active-duty troops are already stationed at the border, in addition to the 2,100 National Guard soldiers, who are assisting the Border Patrol Agents to help prevent migrants from entering the country illegally. Private Acosta-Avila helped illegal migrants past the authorities.

Acosta-Avila was stopped by a border patrol agent while transporting the three men in the back seat of a Honda Accord. He was supposed to receive $400 and split it with his accomplice for this job. The Mexican men, on the other hand, were to pay around $7000 per head.


Most of the migrants who end up at the US-Mexico border are seeking asylum and fleeing violence in their countries. Because of many reasons, they are tempted to use illegal means to cross the border. Corrupt officials on both sides facilitate their entry into the US. An ill-advised initiative to swell the ranks of Border Patrol agents in the mid-2000s was accompanied by an extraordinary spike in misconduct within the agency.

Previously, when the Customs and Border Protection (CPB) ramped up hiring in 2006, under US president George W. Bush, standards were lowered in order to hire about 8,000 additional agents by 2009.

A 2012 report by the US Government Accountability Office said the 2006-2009 hiring surge drew an unknown number of recruits from the criminal underworld who applied for—and received—jobs as border agents and officers “solely to engage in mission-compromising activity.”

Now, the Trump administration is planning to go on another hiring spree.  For any law enforcement agency, hiring the right people and supervising them properly is crucial. Yet, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its Border Patrol division have fallen short in both of those areas, according to former officials and internal reviews of the CBP.

In 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to the Border Patrol, which has just under 20,000 agents, to hire 5,000 new ones as “as soon as is practicable.” Today, in the presence of 7,000 active-duty troops along the south-eastern border, tackling corruption is of utmost importance.


Border Security agencies across the globe are burdened with the job to deal with the innovative methods employed by persons who want to cross the border illegally. To add to this, there is widespread corruption which weakens the integrity of the border. The job of Border Security agencies become more and more difficult when there are corrupt soldiers like Private Acosta-Avila who aid the illegal migrants to evade Border Control. By using the highly accurate and reliable iCognative technology, developed by Brainwave Scienceit is possible to dismantle networks of criminals which aid illegal migration.

A simple 45-minute iCognative test on the recruits can help to determine if they possess any knowledge and plans of aiding cross-border smuggling and trafficking. The technology minimizes the time and effort spent in the whole exercise. It eliminates and human suffering and torture in the investigative process. There are no questions asked during the test. Moreover, the test is immune to the subjective opinions of the test administrator.

In the above trafficking case, iCognative can be used to uncover the knowledge which the three Mexican men possess about their handlers. The test can also be run on the Arrested soldier and his accomplice. This can lead the investigators to the other persons involved in helping them cross the border illegally.

Regular investigative processes involve painful interrogation through torture. However, iCognative is a non-invasive and a reliable scientific technique. It accurately distinguishes between the perpetrators, the witnesses and the innocents. Crime-related details, such as routes taken, photos of partners in crime, photos of vehicles used, dates of trafficking, are gathered and uploaded into the proprietary software. These details can only be known to the traffickers and the witnesses. The iCognative system presents these on a monitor in form of words, phrases or pictures (called Stimuli). The technology will find out with more than 99% accuracy if the testee has awareness of what is shown to him or her on the computer screen. The use of this technology can help root out corruption in the system.

iCognative is applicable to more than 85% of cases. There are no false positives or false negatives. There are no known countermeasures. The brain cannot lie, and this is the principle on which iCognative works.

iCognative can be used as an effective tool to strengthen the border by a screening of recruits, suspects and witnesses.

Main Source: USA Today

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