Through a combination of Ethical AI and sociotechnical methods, STRIAD:Honeycomb optimises limited anti-trafficking resources by surfacing otherwise hidden patterns, trends, and insights; helps victims of trafficking by aligning support packages with what victims’ actually need; enhances prevention and protection efforts by informing opportunities for more targeted and effective partnerships; and helps drive effective policy change through providing a data-driven evidence basis.
The estimated annual cost to the UK economy from national and transnational crime, of which human trafficking represents a huge part.
The total expenditure to counter modern slavery by law enforcement agencies across government in England and Wales in the 2015/16 financial year.
The annual costs to the UK from human trafficking for sexual exploitation
people living in modern slavery in 2021 (Walk Free)
Survivors’ experiences contain a wealth of potential insights, from where their exploitation journey started, the nature of the abuse they suffered, who and what they encountered, and their needs for support. Unfortunately, these experiences are often an afterthought when trying to understand the crime.
Given large amounts of information, it’s incredibly difficult for law enforcement and safeguarding professionals to spot connections and patterns amidst the noise. This is compounded by the phenomenon of “I’ll know what I’m looking for when I see it”, which eats up time and personnel capacity.
While information, data, reporting, and response pressures increase almost unendingly, time and resources do not. The volume of information increases exponentially, but most organisations’ data processing capabilities remain linear. Staff have less time to dig through more noise. Something has to change.
In a challenging regulatory environment, made more so by legal and reputational risks (not to mention public scrutiny) and a general apprehension about sharing data, valuable insights often remain locked away in multiple data silos across public sector and third sector organisations – and even within organisations themselves.
Honeycomb helps you analyse, understand, and respond more proactively to modern slavery and human trafficking
Using custom-built NLP tools, Honeycomb analyses a large number of victim stories and statements to reveal crucial anti-trafficking insights – including patterns and types of exploitation, exploitation transit routes, victims’ needs and desires, key locations, and other factors – helping you more fully understand human trafficking.
Honeycomb’s mapping feature lets you search and visualise structured and unstructured data insights, including points of interest, hotspots, socio-economic and demographic data, and location-based insights from victim stories.
Temporal analysis lets you take a step back and view overarching trends and patterns across time, from the changing importance of certain locations to changes in victims’ needs for support.
We work closely with partners and stakeholders to overcome data silos and facilitate the sharing of data and information – this is crucial, when every piece of data can make all the difference. Our in-house experts also collect, curate and create additional data to bolster the situational picture of human trafficking.
We apply rigor in our development and use of Honeycomb by actively engaging subject matter experts.
We apply strong safety and security practices to avoid unintended results that create risks of harm, including emphasis on data anonymisation.
Honeycomb includes information to enable understanding of what data is being processed and where insights are derived from.
Cybersecurity gaps can cause significant financial costs, impact public trust, cause untold stress, and sap limited time from solving working on your biggest problems. Our Cybersecurity team helps ensure industry-standard levels of security for all our ethical AI solutions, from cloud infrastructure security and penetration testing, to endpoint security and secure client access.
Our expert Data Protection team develops legally compliant and ethical data sharing agreements that enable organisations to confidently share data. Our Data Protection team is available to answer your questions related to GDPR or any other data protection and privacy challenges.
Our Cybersecurity team provides critical data protection and cybersecurity support to STRIAD. From data sharing agreements to Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs), the team helps navigate the regulatory hurdles, data silos, and other barriers involved in getting valuable data into our customers’ hands in a safe, secure, and reliable way.
The Ethics Innovation team provides continuous ethics-by-design guidance and conducts an ethical impact assessment on all of Trilateral’s products. For Honeycomb, ethics means not only ethical data collection and processing, but also understanding the ethical issues inherent to the context of human trafficking as well as paying particular attention to societal, political and individual factors that characterise human trafficking.
Our Sociotech Insights Group (SIG) team provided social science expertise for understanding Honeycomb’s user needs and guiding the development of its technical capabilities. Honeycomb’s victim stories analysis tools employ a reference dataset in a text classification architecture, for which the SIG acquired and cleaned a large number of victim stories from key strategic partners. The team then created a labelling schema – based on user input and our own subject matter expertise – and annotated the data to build the classifier. Our team also collected, curation, cleaned, and created a range of datasets from open sources to support wider situational understanding of human trafficking.
Honeycomb is supported by our I&R team who contribute with cutting edge research that bridges the gap between academia and industry.
UK public sector organisations can acquire STRIAD: Honeycomb through the government’s G-Cloud marketplace.
Interested in understanding how STRIAD:Honeycomb can help your organisation? Schedule a demo here.
Trilateral have engaged with our partnership to understand what we are trying to achieve and are building a solution to enable that to happen. They have the expertise and approaches to translate complex requirements into tangible outputs that can be used to make a real world difference to how we tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.
Working with Julia and the team at Trilateral has been an excellent experience. They have helped us navigate the tricky waters of GDPR with a constant and persistent survivor centred approach. Their experience and expertise are second to none, taking complex issues and defining them in a practical impactful way. We are excited to be a partner on Honeycomb and to see the results take shape.