Devex: Can a new app more safely identify human trafficking victims?

In northern, central, and southern Thailand, several groups fighting forced labor and sex trafficking are testing out a new way to identify potential victims. A mobile app dubbed Apprise seeks to provide a cost-efficient platform to interview those who may be trafficking victims — and to disrupt the often biased or unsafe measures by which many groups conduct interviews.

Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Labor brokers recruit from vulnerable communities in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, often promising employment in the construction, manufacturing, or agriculture industries. The fishing and seafood labor force in Thailand, which has come under fire for years for its exploitative nature, is largely composed of migrant workers, many of whom are trapped in debt bondage in Samut Sakhon, Thailand’s leading seafood processing region.

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