The Disrupters: How banks can help to track the traffickers

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31 minute read 26 Apr 2018
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Financial transactions can reveal the footprints of criminal activity. Banks can shine a light on the tracks of the criminals.

The Disrupters explores the pressures of change confronting some of the world’s most established industries. 

About The Disrupters

How do successful businesses evolve and turn threat into opportunity? Two-thirds of what we consume today was not invented twenty-five years ago….The pace of change, obsolescence and renewal is still accelerating. And entire industries are being challenged like never before to open up, innovate and reinvent themselves. In The Disrupters we’ll meet the men and women on both sides of history - the up-starts mounting the challenge and those charged with seeing them off. We’ll offer a sense of the restless, ceaseless nature of the disruptive change they face, and glimpse both the uncertainties and the transformative possibilities this offers.

Tracking the traffickers

They are the quintessential 21st century crimes. Global, hard to track, low risk for the criminal gangs orchestrating them and characterised by vast proceeds that are laundered through the world financial system with virtual impunity: drugs trafficking, weapons trafficking, and the fastest growing of all - human trafficking.

21st century partnerships between banks, investigators and law enforcement are starting to uncover the tracks of 21st century criminals.  And the information gleaned from financial transactions could provide victims with evidence in court, which will lessen the burden on their testimony and lead to stronger convictions. All of which could finally put some human traffickers out of business.

Summary

By working together, banks, investigators and law enforcement could finally put some human traffickers out of business.

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