United Nations Blockchain Pilot Aims to Crush Global Child Trafficking
Two United Nations agencies have partnered the World Identity Network (WIN) to launch a blockchain pilot to help combat child trafficking around the world.
Announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York last week, the blockchain pilot stems from a collaborative effort between the World Identity Network, a universal ID advocacy group; the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) the UN’s operational arm to implement and carry out UN operations globally and; the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT).
Digital identity on a blockchain could mean a “significantly higher chance of catching traffickers” by securing data on an immutable ledger, a release explains, stating trafficking attempts would be “more traceable and preventable,” an accompanying press release added.
Nearly 50% of the world’s children under the age of 5 do not possess a birth certificate, according to UN statistics. So does an estimated 600 million children under the age of 14, a majority of them among the world’s poorest nations, leaving all of them “invisible” to their countries’ governments. These children go unseen by social programs or development agencies, leaving them vulnerable to child traffickers.
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