Data science to stamp out modern slavery at its roots

When our team of data scientists in Thomson Reuters Labs began to work on a project for our Finance & Risk business – specifically to identify bribery & corruption, forced labor and modern slavery information associated with firms and individuals – we became aware of some pretty scary facts. How many slaves are in the world today? Every day 21 million men, women and children around the world are exploited – 26% are children and 55% are women and girls. Illegal profits generated by forced labor amount to $150 billion annually. Of course, these numbers just scratch the surface of what happens to victims and the activities behind the scenes. Human trafficking today involves vast global networks and players that are moving from the streets to online marketplaces. Marketplaces that…


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