DataJam Online in Latin America is a competition focused on the fight to reduce human trafficking

This July 30, the International Day against Trafficking in Persons.

For this reason, Free Steps Foundation and IBM They announced the launch of a technological innovation competition to combat this problem.

DataJam, available in English and Spanish, uses disjunctive technologies in the IBM Cloud; The objective is to search for and propose solutions based on data to “identify, analyze patterns, networks and critical points” of human trafficking.

In this crime, vulnerable people are captured as slave labor for the manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture and prostitution sectors, generating some 150 billion dollars for their captors globally, “IBM said in a statement.

The volunteers of IBM They will collaborate with mentor and pig during the DataJam, in addition the company will provide access to data from Traffik Analysis Hub, an analysis platform.

Within the TA Hub, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and law enforcement groups share, correlate, and analyze information that can help curb human trafficking, ”the company said.

“We are very proud to continue collaborating with the Pasos Libres Foundation in the fight against human trafficking, and to help society with our technology,” said Claudia Romanelli, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM Latin America.

DataJam is a technological innovation competition that seeks to develop data-based solutions to identify, analyze and geo-reference patterns, networks and critical points of human trafficking.

According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, countries have detected more cases of trafficking and America is one of the most affected regions.

To give you an idea of ​​what this represents, 82 percent of victims in South America are women and girls, and the situation is further deepened by the pandemic.

COVID-19 constitutes a favorable scenario for organized crime dedicated to human trafficking. Vulnerability and loss of fixed income are key for exploiters since they easily make promises of a better life, ”explained Sebastián Arévalo Sánchez, co-founder and director of the Free Passes Foundation.

DataJam participants will also use public data and human trafficking advice from experts from the Free Steps Foundation and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many criminal activities have already moved online. Criminal groups are taking advantage of the increase in the time that people, and especially children, are connected to the Internet, ”explained Ilias Chatzis, head of the Section on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling at UNODC.

This initiative will also have the support of UNODC, Movistar, Platzi, Western Union, Stop the Traffik and The Attorney General’s Office (Colombia) – As part of the prosecution, it is also supporting Think Tank for Disruptive Ideas against Organized Crime- and One Young World. Additionally, part of the MIT Task Force on Computational Law for Combating Modern Slavery team is working with Free Steps on some details of the DataJam.

The event, which will take place from August 29 to September 4, will take place in English and Spanish. Registrations are already open to university students and professionals from all over the world who are interested in proposing and developing technological solutions to fight this crime.

DataJam Pasos Libres Online 2020 is the third version of the first technological innovation competition in human trafficking in Latin America, created by Pasos Libres and IBM in 2018.

This year, the competition will be held for the first time, online, and for all of Latin America, bringing together more young innovators, experts and allies.

In addition, the initiative seeks to collaborate with the winning teams to promote the development of the proposed solutions and data cases in the Traffik Analysis Hub ecosystem.

With information from IBM