The World Identity Network (WIN), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information, Communications and Technology (UN-OICT) partners to launch a pilot initiative that will use blockchain technology to help combat child trafficking. This project, the first in the world, is part of a larger effort entitled “Blockchain for Humanity”, announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on November 10, 2017.
The objective of this initiative is clear: Use digital identity and Blockchain technology to help combat child trafficking.
According to United Nations statistics, nearly half of the world’s children under the age of five do not possess a birth certificate. The global estimates for children under the age of 14 exceed 600 million children worldwide and the vast majority of them live in the world’s poorest countries. These children are literally “invisible” for governments or development agencies that design and offer social programs.
Speaking about the pilot, Dr. Mariana Dahan, co – founder and CEO of WIN says: “Invisible Children are children at risk , ” pointing out the numerous dangers faced by children and undocumented minors. “Several developing countries are actively looking at more efficient ways to prevent child trafficking. Identification is always at the heart of the solution.”
Children and undocumented children are easy prey for human traffickers, who often use false identification documents to transport them across borders. Once trafficked, these children and minors are sold into sex brothels, trapped in modern rings of slavery, and even used for illegal trade in human organs. This affects both girls and boys, but young women and girls are the most frequent target. With new and powerful technologies and solutions, such as digital identity in blockchain technology, now there is a significantly greater chance of trapping traffickers and securing data in an immutable ledger, making those traffic attempts easier to track and prevent.
The results of such initiatives could contribute to the work of a series of ONU agencies. Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Secretary General of the ONU and Deputy Executive Director of ONU Women says: “Child trafficking is one of the greatest human rights abuses. Leveraging blockchain technology offers potentially powerful solutions to address this serious challenge and save the lives of millions of children. “
Yochiyuki Yamamoto, special advisor of UN Engagement and Blockchain Technology, described this initiative as one of the most powerful applications of distributed accounting technology: “We are particularly enthusiastic about this innovative pilot initiative, since child trafficking is one of the worst examples of crime against humanity. Taking advantage of blockchain technology for social good is something that the international community is fighting and we are delighted to partner with WIN in this critical initiative.”
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