Neill Laurenson is part of the SHuT volunteer operational team



Human trafficking is a global problem that has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade. No country is immune, whether as a source, a destination or a transit point for victims of human trafficking. Most victims of this form of modern day slavery are women, girls and young boys who are forced into the sex trade and susceptible to hostile conditions. Contributing factors to this issue are poverty, lack of educational and economic opportunities, displacement, and conflict. By the end of the trafficking cycle, whether they escape or are released, many victims have contracted HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Many other victims are used as forced labour, in factories and especially in the fishing industry. Most fish, shellfish and fish products sourced from Thailand, Vietnam and other SE Asian countries have somewhere in the supply chain links to forced labour and trafficked persons.


End Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery


Our ultimate goal is the end of human trafficking and slavery. Our strategy for achieving this goal starts with research, is verified through intelligence collection, building government and police capacity, incorporating rescue efforts that coincide with advocacy, and create economic capacity in vulnerable populations. In some countries, the power of organised crime, corruption, and complicity of police stifle enforcement efforts.


Even in well-meaning countries, convicted traffickers sometimes get off with a slap on the wrist. According to the UNODC, more resources — both money and personnel — are needed. The number of people available for this effort, including international and government workers and volunteers, is no more than 2,000.


There aren't nearly enough people to effectively do this work. Funding to combat human trafficking has been minimal. While trafficking is a globally recognised problem, funding for action by UNODC has been less than $15 million for the past seven years, and other organisations Contributions are comparable.​


Results and Outcome


WKL’s full-spectrum intelligence capabilities are derivative of our counter-terrorism experiences. Terrorism differs from human trafficking in that terrorism is to a large extent driven by religion, which has the power to elicit powerful emotions. Human trafficking is driven by money.


The full exploitation of human trafficking networks will lead to the identification of global finance streams, internal and external monetary sources, routes, and network leaders. Exploiting these elements in the trafficking trade will result in external repression, internal collapse, public rejection and successful military and police operations.


Successful law enforcement operations are critical to removing key centres of gravity to global trafficking operations. Although motivation to continue human trafficking operations might exist, attacking the networks will produce a decline in its capability to continue operations and lead to its structural demise.