Combating Trafficking in Persons training app

Training for combatting human trafficking goes mobile

The Defense Department’s Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Program Office makes sure that all combat commands and defense agencies have the tools to spot and stop human trafficking, the modern equivalent of slavery.

Until recently, training on how to recognize and fight human trafficking has been confined to desktop computers. But now, thanks to an effort from Joint Knowledge Online (JKO), the necessary training can be completed via a free mobile app for Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets. Upon course completion, the trainee’s records are sent to the JKO desktop system, and course completion certificates are stored and available from JKO desktop accounts.

With soldiers deployed around the world, DOD is a unique position to fight human trafficking.  Mobile apps can be invaluable for military or first responders because the information can be regularly updated, and responders have ready access to all the apps resources.

Stars and Stripes reported that the Commander of U.S. Forces in Korea recently issued a memo to service members serving there to be watchful for establishments that support human trafficking. Apparently several "juicy bars" around the Korean bases, which were allegedly involved in prostitution, were actually supporting human trafficking because the girls were brought over from the Philippines.

More information on the Combating Trafficking in Persons training app is available from the CTIP website. 

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

Reader Comments

Wed, Aug 28, 2013 Norma Jean Los Angeles

Prostitution is NOT human trafficking. In June of this year, the number of actual (confirmed) human trafficking victims world wide was reported to be 46,570- which included all areas of labor into which persons are trafficked... the majority of trafficking victims are persons forced into domestic servitude. Why doesn't the government train folks to spot domestic violence, which impacts the lives of far more women and children than alleged sex trafficking? The World Health Organization says that one out of three women world wide are victims of violence- most at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends... which means there are millions of victims of violence at the hands of their intimate partners... the US government says there are over 12 MILLION incidents of intimate partner violence and 1 MILLION intimate partner rapes each year in the US... surely those victims deserve the focus and funding of the government to prevent such real victimizations... why so much time and effort spent on consenting adult commercial sex? Because women who engage in it are considered incapable of making choices for themselves? What an utterly patronizing, condescending concept!

Wed, Aug 28, 2013 Editor

Grammar Grump: Thanks for pointing that out. We regret the error and will fix it immediately.

Wed, Aug 28, 2013 Grammar Grump

Um ... human traffic is a problem, but this is about TRAFFICKING. Please fix your headline. And your editor.

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

Human Trafficking comes in many forms it is not just sex like most people think. The most obvious is magazine sellers that go door to door. If they fail to meet their goals they can be roughed up, denied food and shelter. Anybody who sees a magazine salesman come to their door by refusing to purchase any of their items has a devastating affecting upon the salesman/or woman.

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