“Inside the Tech Helping Lawyers Combat Labor Abuse, Human Trafficking,” Law.com
July 01, 2020
Certain technology is becoming essential to corporations looking to avoid reputational and regulatory risk, and prosecutors aiming to track evidence of human trafficking online.
To match the growing scale of exploitation, plaintiff attorneys and in-house attorneys are leveraging tech-based solutions to track and combat labor abuse and human trafficking.
“If you’re building a [human exploitation] response at the company, police department or federal level you have to take into account technology,” said Radu Cucos, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) associate officer on combating trafficking in human beings and author of a recent OSCE report analyzing technology for fighting human trafficking.
“We generally hire a company or investigator to do a cellphone dump where they take the client’s cellphone and extract all the information. [That] usually verifies what has happened to [the victim],” said Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll associate and former State Attorney’s Office for Palm Beach County Special Victims Unit chief Takisha Richardson.