Stage 3 | Data

Explore How Public Data Can Help You Detect Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is rampant in the United States. However, it remains difficult to detect and disrupt, including by financial institutions that may be used by traffickers to move money. Public datasets can expose trends and patterns of human trafficking. Financial institutions can leverage the vast trove of public data – a small selection of which are noted below – to better identify victims, traffickers, and trafficking locations, to uncover and combat trafficking.


Financial institutions may encounter victims in retail locations, phone, or digital communications. By understanding the most common victim profiles they can better identify victims and risks.



Eighteen percent of cases of labor exploitation in the U.S. involve a victim with a temporary work visa. Traffickers may also be previously-convicted criminals, or connected to other operating businesses. Financial institutions can understand who is more likely to be trafficking and incorporate that information into Know Your Customer (KYC) processes.

Visa Sponsors

De-Barred Brokers and Employers


Suspected Traffickers


Sixty-three percent of trafficking victims experienced a combination of mass transit such as public buses, subways, and publicly accessible transportation services, as they were trafficked. As a moving business, trafficking can expose itself through transactions relating to lodging and transportation. Financial institutions should evaluate transactions for unusual usage of these services for indications of trafficking.