The UN is partnering with the World Identity Network (WIN) to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking. Child trafficking uses fake identification documents to transport young people across borders for eventual forced participation in serious illicit activities including the sex trade, the illegal human organ trade, and others. Children under the age of five are often “invisible” to the state. They are often missed by social programs offered by governments or development agencies. Records of their identities may be poor or non-existent. The pilot will use blockchain to store digital identities which will provide a "significantly higher chance of catching traffickers." Additionally, securing identity data on an immutable ledger will make trafficking attempts "more traceable and preventable." Blockchain can potentially save "millions of children.
Keywords: Preventing Human Trafficking, Protect Safety and Security, Data collection and management for human rights, Data security for human rights, Blockchain for human rights, Digital Identification technology for human rights, United Nations (UN), World Identity Network (WIN)