- Elastos, Tuum Technologies, and Mission 89 are fighting against sports-related human trafficking.
- They will work together to provide decentralized identities to key stakeholders.
- Their main goal is educating and creating awareness about this issue between users.
Web3 and blockchain ecosystem Elastos is coming together with software house Tuum Technologies and Geneva-based organization Mission 89 to help fight sports-related child trafficking. The three companies announced the decision on United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking Persons.
Although sexual exploitation in relation to human trafficking is extremely concerning, it tends to take up discussion space for child trafficking in sports. Children and teenagers from developing countries often fall trap to false agents promising them riches and high quality of life while playing sports in Europe. This usually ends up as a con job or a fake claim, with players treated like modern-day slaves.
To tackle this, Mission 89, Elastos, and Tuum Technologies are working together to promote decentralized IDs. This will enable tamper-proof verification of the credentials given by sports agents. It will provide players, agents, and stakeholders with self-sovereign digital identities on the Elastos Blockchain. Further, these can be identified by cryptographic means and made available through the application being developed by the Tuum Technologies engineering team.
To start with, the three companies have made education an integral part of their partnership. Once their technical platform goes live, users will gain primary exposure to it as well as have the chance to learn how to use it. Campaigns to instill further awareness will also take place in collaboration with major sports organizations. Along with this, the usership will be spurred by gamification strategies implemented in the app.
Being a firm that already has built a stable base in mitigating child trafficking in sports, Mission 89’s network will be a key part of the venture. Its Executive Director, Lerina Bright, commented on the partnership purpose: “At the founding of Mission 89, we saw the need to set up a globally recognized licensing and accreditation system for athlete recruitment. This partnership with Tuum Technologies sets us on the path to realizing this dream. Our multi-stakeholder approach to child safeguarding and Tuum’s expertise as a leader in blockchain technologies makes this a formidable partnership to realize the goal of using digital tools to keep sport safe for all. We aim to make it easy for families to verify the authenticity of recruiters, safeguard the rights of their wards, for genuine recruiters to have a harmonized way of proving their identity and for coaches to be in tune with child safeguarding protocols”.