Can Blockchain Help Stop Human Trafficking?

Updated: Jun 30

This article was originally published in Blockchain Industry Review - a Crypto Curry Club Magazine published monthly and available in soft copy and the printed version.


Written by Guest Contributor, Jilian Godsil

Editor In Chief and Founder of the publisher, BlockLeaders.io


Human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar business and it is growing exponentially. Consider the fact that a kilo of drugs can only be sold once only but a human being can be trafficked over and over again. It’s all in the maths. 40 million people are trafficked each year with half being women and children, and most sold into the sex trade. This is modern slavery.


While researching this story I spoke with a number of people active in highlighting the issue or seeking to put a stop to this heinous crime. I had imagined that human trafficking belonged solely to developing countries where human life was considered cheap –not a comment on my part, I may add, but an observation. To my shock I discovered that To my shock I discovered that human trafficking happens under our noses in well-developed countries and includes people of all nationalities including the host nation. In fact, if a child runs away and is on the streets in any city, any western city, experts say that the odds are they will be trafficked if not found in 48 hours. 48 hours? That is in just two days.

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