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"Splunk’s Minerva has helped GEN in identifying 989 traffickers, pimps and victims, as of 2018."

Written by: Tejaswi Chunduri

Company: Splunk

SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth

Feedback from the reviewing team:

"A great article demonstrating the impact that successful partnerships can have on tackling world problems."

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"Splunk’s Minerva has helped GEN in identifying 989 traffickers, pimps and victims, as of 2018."

As per recent data from ILO (2017), an estimated 24.9 Mn victims are enslaved around the world. Of these, 16 Mn (64%) were exploited for labor, 4.8 Mn (19%) were sexually exploited, and 4.1 Mn (17%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labour1. Sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits of human trafficking1. The recent available data from ILO (2014) shows human trafficking earns profits of nearly $150 Bn annually for traffickers1. On average, a sex trafficker earns $4,537 per victim per month in the Netherlands1.

Splunk is the largest IT Operations Analytics software company globally with 41.8% market share and $1.5 Bn revenue3. Splunk has partnered with the Global Emancipation Network (GEN) to use its data analytics platform called Minerva to end human trafficking4.

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Minerva uses advanced data analytics to enable data-sharing and collaboration across local and federal law enforcement, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions4. Minerva accesses an organizations’ data that works on valid counter-trafficking missions in order to host and explore trafficking-related data records and use customized search, alerting, geolocation, and other features4. Minerva is available free of charge to such organizations, thus helping them leverage insights to support their efforts4.

With Minerva, GEN has shed the resistance to share data across stakeholders and has helped develop several anti-trafficking laws (SESTA, FOSTA, etc)5.

As of 2018, using Minerva, 989 traffickers, pimps and victims have been identified and over 22,000 individuals have been tracked in the tool2. Thus, it can be assumed that Splunk’s Minerva has helped in avoiding at least $4.48 Mn (989x$4537 monthly revenue per victim) from this illicit industry and saving many lives2,1.

Clearly, Splunk is empowering GEN in converting data into action in the fight to eliminate human trafficking.


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