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Symposium on Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery in Our Own Communities

February 1, 2015 (Waterloo, ON) –  Magnet Forensics, a Waterloo-founded and based digital forensics company, presented a symposium on human trafficking hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on February 1st. The symposium came on the heels of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

“Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity which takes its greatest toll on vulnerable populations including women, children, and immigrants.  My own experience being trafficked to this province is evidence that it can happen in any country and community, large or small, rich or poor, even right here in Canada,” said keynote presenter and human trafficking victims’ advocate Timea Nagy.  “Bringing our community leaders together to learn about this issue is an important step in beginning to curb it locally. I’m grateful to the team at Magnet Forensics for their leadership in bringing this symposium together.”

Jad Saliba founded Magnet Forensics in 2011.  He had been serving as a digital forensic examiner with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, where he was responsible for recovering Internet related evidence. Around this time, web and online usage was exploding. Facing this new challenge, he set out to find a solution that would help him, and others, recover relevant data faster. Today, the company’s products are used by 3,000 agencies in 92 countries on human trafficking, child exploitation, terrorism and other cases with digital evidence. 

“While we may think of human trafficking as a heinous crime that happens on the other side of the world, the reality is that it’s happening in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Almost every form of criminal investigation, including child exploitation and human trafficking, has a digital component. The team at Magnet Forensics works tirelessly to provide our partners in law enforcement the tools they need for their digital investigations,” said Jad Saliba, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Magnet Forensics. “We are proud that we’re able to bring together community leaders from law enforcement, local businesses and service organizations to learn about this important issue and to start a dialogue about how we can work together to address it.”

Magnet Forensics has supported causes working towards the elimination of human trafficking and child exploitation including Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), a non-profit organization that rescues children from slavery and the Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA), a charity that works with police and child protection agencies around the world to rescue children from exploitation. 

Please click below to access the recording of the event: