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The Project

The problem

Trafficking in human beings (THB) and smuggling of migrants have been evolving in the past few years in order to adapt to the ever changing geopolitical, technological and social contexts. Currently, these criminal activities involve a massive use of the Internet in the various phases of their processes (i.e. recruitment, transportation and – for THB – exploitation) both in origin/transit and destination countries. Therefore, it is necessary to explore these new illegal paths through the web and to improve the knowledge on the use of internet and social networks in the various phases of trafficking and smuggling, in order to foster innovative preventive methods and counteractions.

The project

The European Project www.surfandsound.eu aims to improve the knowledge on the use of Internet (including social networks) in the THB and the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers processes, and to spread such knowledge through workshops for LEAs and NGOs, awareness campaigns and other dissemination activities.

In more detail, the specific objectives are:

  • to explore visible/dark Web to draft a research protocol about the use of Internet in the THB and the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers processes in 2 origin/transit (i.e. Bulgaria and Romania) and 2 destination countries (i.e. Italy and United Kingdom), by identifying potential at risk Web contents and/or other abuses of the Internet (e.g use of chats, VOIP) in the THB and the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers processes;
  • to use the research protocol to collect and organize a significant number of information from the Web;

to understand the use of Internet in the THB and the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers processes by analysing collected data, in order to: draft guidelines to identify potential at risk Web contents and other abuses of the Internet (e.g use of chats, VOIP) in the THB and the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers processes and to develop awareness raising campaigns in order to reduce THB victimisation and smuggling activity via Internet and alert Internet users; spread the knowledge and guidelines via workshops for LEAs/NGOs involved in the prevention and fight against the THB and the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers and dissemination activities.