Research and Projects


The disruption of the digital business model of
traffickers by improving the digital capabilities of law
enforcement and judicial authorities

Starting date:
April 1st, 2023

Closing date:
March 31th, 2025

European funding: 862.045,50€ co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Internal Security Fund (ISF), and Border Management and Visa Instrument

INTERCEPTED project aims to disrupt the digital model of Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) by improving the digital capabilities of law enforcement and judicial authorities. For that purpose, INTERCEPTED focuses on two points for the disruption of the trafficking chain: recruitment and advertisement, taking into account that the methods used in terms of language, platforms, targets and strategies vary according to the profiles of the victims and the type of exploitation.

For a better understanding of this phenomenon and to keep abreast of trends from a technological and security point of view, INTERCEPTED includes cooperation between public actors and the private sector through the use of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to design and develop structured responses against online THB activities. The project focuses its research and prevention activity in Central Europe and the Western Balkan route.

INTERCEPTED aims to achieve 5 objectives directly related to the use of the Internet in Human Trafficking, which are:

  1.  Elicit variation in the way the internet is used along the trafficking chain according
    to target victims’ profiles and types of exploitation.
  2. Design an early interception tool specifically targeting the recruitment of victims
    and advertisement of services.
  3. Enhance the capabilities of LEAs and Judiciary in public-private cooperation
    through the planning of OSINT Targeted counter-THB Campaigns.
  4. Establish a common European mechanism for the detection and reporting of
    suspected online recruitment or advertisement material, fostering strengthened multi-agency
    cooperation and rapid cross-border responses and ensuring successful use of digital evidence in court. 
  5. Strengthen the digital capacities and knowledge base of law enforcement.

INTERCEPTED is designed and will be implemented as an evolution of the projects UNCHAINED and BIGOSINT, which have the common objective of disrupting the online business of Human Trafficking,.

The consortium is made up of the Euro-Arab Foundation of Granada, the Hellenic Police of Greece (HP), the German Police School (HfÖV), AGENFOR of Italy, and the KEMEA Center for Security Studies in Greece, under the coordination of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Trieste, Italy (TSJudPol).

Coordinador del Proyecto:
Prosecutor Office of Trieste (TSJudPol)

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