Guidelines for Using Existing and Emerging Technologies to Identify and Mitigate Human Trafficking in Airports

While the transportation industry is associated with moving people to their business and pleasure destinations, it is also the means to conduct human trafficking. U.S. Department of State statistics show that, out of more than 700,000 people who become subjects of human trafficking and cross international boarders every year, 50,000 will enter the United States. Significant campaigns and efforts have been made to train aviation industry professionals, including ticketing agents and facility staff, on how to identify potential victims of human trafficking while in transit. New technologies such as video surveillance and analytics or apps should be explored to see how they could be used in identifying and mitigating human trafficking in airports. By understanding the benefits of these solutions, airports and their staff will have a greater ability to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking and return them to their family, friends, and previous lives. The objective of this research is to identify emerging technologies, such as digital applications and video analytics, that can aid in connecting victims of human trafficking with those who can actively and appropriately respond in a timely manner..


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 04-32

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20220815
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01854683
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 04-32
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2022 4:04PM