At Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on November 10 (2017), the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology, the World Identity Network (WIN), the United Nations Office for Project Services(UNOPS) announced their partnership for fighting child trafficking. It’s a part of a broader effort called “Blockchain for Humanity”. They aim to launch a pilot to take advantage of blockchain technology to help them identify the victims.
“Invisible children are children at risk”
Some developing countries are looking at more efficient ways to fight child trafficking. The heart of the solution is the identification, says the co-founder and CEO of WIN, Dr. Mariana Dahan.
1 out of 2 children worldwide doesn’t possess a birth certificate, according to UN statistics. This makes them invisible to governments that design social programs for these children.
For human traffickers, the undocumented children are the easiest prey. Moreover, they use fake identification documents to move across the borders.
How can blockchain technology fight the child trafficking?
With the help of blockchain identity pilot, they can store digital identities on an immutable ledger. This can lead to a significantly higher chance of catching traffickers. Also can make the trafficking attempts easier to trace and to prevent.
UN women deputy executive director, Yannick Glemarec, said: “Child trafficking is one of the greatest human rights abuses. The blockchain is a power technology that could save millions of children.”
The partners seek support from private companies, NGOs, and others in order to contribute to fighting child trafficking. Additionally, they reveal their plans for the launch of a “Global Challenge”. The program would search for ideas and experts in using blockchain for humanitarian projects.