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Data Culture in Human Trafficking

The main objective of our project of S-L was to raise awareness about the significance of data culture related with human trafficking; study and understand the complexity of human trafficking data and finally, providing a diagnosis of the human trafficking situation in Spain.

With this objective, firstly we attended different workshops and lectures where we were taught the basics we needed to start working on our project. Thanks to these activities, we were able to talk with the people from the National Police, UNICEF, the Observatory on Trafficking in Human Beings and UNODC, who also gave us different points of view to start our research.

Since we started, we would reunite with our teacher once every three weeks, and we would discuss our discoveries and the problems we were facing. From these meetings, we would find a new guidance to follow in our research.

At the middle of the experience, we decided we wanted new points of view, so we decided to carry out some interviews. Therefore, we searched for people who could have experience dealing with the victims and know about the Spanish regulation on human trafficking.

The process or research followed was:

Firstly, we started our project by defining the role of data in political decisions and studied why there were occasions were governments don’t listen to the information that data gives them.

Secondly, we studied how data affected human trafficking. In this section, we talked about the difficulties of having clean data regarding human trafficking and its causes.

Finally, we focused on Spain and how the government deals with human trafficking, focusing on the expenditure on it. In this last section, we had many problems regarding the information we needed. It was very difficult to find how much money Spain’s government spend in human trafficking.

Country: Spain

Year: 2019 – 2020

Institution: Universidad Pontificia de Comillas


# of students: 3

Interaction with beneficiaries: Mixed

Academic Degree: Undergraduated | Master

Discipline(s): Statistics | Sociology

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being  | Peace, justice and strong institutions

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