BIGOSINT will develop and pilot advanced, intelligence-led tools to enhance investigations into internet-abetted trafficking in human beings (THB), directly targeting the diverse roles that the cyber-environment plays in the THB chain. As an extension of the EU-funded project UNCHAINED, BIGOSINT will expand the counter-THB tools with technologies to:
1) enhance LEA access to, and monitoring of, open and closed environments online
2) boost investigations into and understanding of cryptocurrency transactions.
The tools will be integrated into the FAST platform, developed within UNCHAINED Project and adapted for the specific purposes of the BIGOSINT Project, allowing smooth and secure data-sharing among LEAs and, using a different access-level model, between them and private entities involved in counter-THB operations. The BIGOSINT investigative techniques will be piloted for a period of 20 weeks, supported by innovative LEA training on implementation of the tools, the dynamics of internet-facilitated THB, and models for cross-border and inter-agency cooperation. Training will reach 100 LEAs from 3 pilot countries using the training of the trainer methodology, incorporating innovative virtual reality training, immersing participants in simulated scenarios based on real-life cases.
The BIGOSINT project will be implemented by a consortium of 4 different partners from 3 different countries, with the relevant expertise on combatting trafficking in human-beings. The project partners are as follows:
- Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Trento (Project Coordinator)
- Foundation Agenfor International (Italy)
- La Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios (FUNDEA)(Spain)
- HOCHSCHULE FUR OFFENTLICHE VERWALTUNG (HFOV)(Germany)
- Assess the state of the art in counter-online trafficking of human beings (THB) instruments, including both legal and technological tools.
- Enhance relevant LEAs access to, and monitoring of, open and closed environments online, allowing them to detect, identify & classify content, users, and victims in an efficient and coordinated manner.
- Interrupt the financial flows supporting online THB.
- Strengthen cross-border and inter-agency cooperation.
- Test new tools, protocols, and joint investigative approaches to counter THB.
- Reduce the vulnerability of specific groups.