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Private Sector Notable: Microsoft

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Washington, DC
May 29, 2008

“Microsoft’s efforts are making a difference in countering human trafficking and affecting change.”

--Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The TIP Office features Microsoft as its first “Private Sector Notable” for their support of anti-trafficking NGOs in Asia and efforts to protect children from sexual predators online. Microsoft has launched a regional initiative to prevent human trafficking in Asia through supporting the efforts of local NGO partners and providing basic information training to assist vulnerable people to find employment.

Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Program
Microsoft’s program, "Unlimited Potential IT skills training" in 10 Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia) provides upgraded job skills to those vulnerable to or victimized by trafficking. Microsoft funded the Visayan Forum Foundation in the Philippines establishing three community technology learning centers (CTLC) in Manila, Batangas City, and Davao City and the Mirror Foundation in Thailand launching seven CTLCs in Pang Ngo and Surin. Serving as rehabilitation for victims, half of the students trained at these centers are trafficking victims while the other half are deemed "at risk" and vulnerable to trafficking.

Combating Computer-based Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Microsoft partnered with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, international NGO End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, the American Bar Association, and U.S. law enforcement agencies to conduct law enforcement training on computer-related crimes involving the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Microsoft has trained 2,493 law enforcement officers from 106 different countries.

Microsoft also developed, with Canadian police, a specialized computer program called the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS), which enables multiple law enforcement entities within a country to share information on pedophiles and child predators. The CETS program generates pop up “flags” to inform regional and local law enforcement if another law enforcement agent is investigating similar data. At present, Microsoft collaborated with the governments of Indonesia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, and Canada to install CETS.

Raising Awareness
Microsoft promotes greater involvement by the private sector in the anti-trafficking movement, by presenting at international seminars on the various ways that different corporations can combat human trafficking. To assist in this effort, they have developed a public awareness anti-trafficking video.

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