Summit Brand Protection (SBP) continued its support for the Ghost Orchid Coalition and their mission to combat human trafficking in Nashville, Tennessee. On April 11th, 2019, Chief Operating Officer Andy Yu spoke on behalf of Summit Brand Protection as one of three speakers for Ghost Orchid Coalition’s “Music City: Bring Them Home” event. Around 25 attendees gathered at Giovanni’s Ristorante to learn more about the serious threat facing their communities and country. Speaking first was Ghost Orchid Coalition’s Chief Financial Executive Timothy Gill; a former FBI Certified Intelligence Officer with over 30 years of experience in federal law enforcement. Mr. Gill highlighted the company’s approach of taking an “offensive in nature” stance in order to defeat human traffickers. The ability to be effective relies heavily upon community networking and the gathering of quality, actionable intelligence. Mr. Gill’s vision of creating an Intelligence Operations Center, will enable GOC and SBP the ability to provide law enforcement the necessary evidence to prosecute traffickers and rescue victims. The importance of actionable intelligence was emphasized with testimonies from GOC’s Vice President of Policy, David Luna; and Mr. Andy Yu. The most important thing, Mr. Yu reminds us, is the commodities at trade in these crimes are human lives. Mr. Yu stressed the need to have a victim centered approach to investigating human trafficking and victim services. Mr. Yu also emphasize a multi-faceted approach to human trafficking and the need for the community to be involved and that it’s just a law enforcement issue.
Human trafficking is a longstanding and formidable enemy for law enforcement. Every year the number of victims rise as human trafficking remains a very lucrative business for criminal elements. Although many people think of sex trafficking in regards to human trafficking, labor trafficking is in fact the most prolific. According to a study conducted by the International Labour Organization, forced labor alone generates over 150 billion dollars in annual revenue for criminal organizations worldwide. The United States remains vulnerable against these crimes. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives around 8,500 tips per year and the United States has over 400,000 people living in what they define as “modern slavery”. The number of criminal cases opened per year is even lower; the Human Trafficking Institute reported in 2017, that 216 criminal sex trafficking and 14 criminal labor trafficking cases were opened.
With a threat this severe, Summit Brand Protection remains committed in combating human trafficking through utilizing their experience and knowledge developed over many years of service. Summit Brand Protection offers tailored training seminars to law enforcement agencies, NGO’s, civic and religious organizations, and other stakeholders. In partnering with organizations such as Ghost Orchid Coalition, SBP adds pre-existing relationships and liaisons within several major federal law enforcement agencies, increasing the information network that is vital in order to successfully investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking. To find out more about Summit Brand Protection, please visit our website at SummitBrandProtection.com.