Training for combatting human trafficking goes mobile
- By John Breeden II
- Aug 26, 2013
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.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.