human trafficking

Eyes full of Hopes and Dreams

It was half past nine on a cold winter night, when Shaheen left her premises seeking refuge. Her alcoholic father was a mason who spent half of his daily earnings intoxicating himself. Her mother lost her life when Shaheen was three while giving birth to her younger brother. Since then, the rage of her abusive father grew day by day. The 14-year-old Shaheen sought to find a place in the glamorous world of fashion while living in vain.

She left for Mumbai and while searching for opportunities, met a woman named Begum. The woman promised her a gig with a leading agency.  But, turned out that this ‘agent’ was actually a ‘pimp’, who lured her into prostitution. Without an identity or a place to go, the red-light district has been her home for the last ten years and she still has found no escape.

Shaheen is one of the 1 billion people in the world, who live but don’t exist in the ecosystem (According to the World Bank).  Mind you, the 1 billion is only an understated estimate. The number of this unregistered population is unknown even today. Of this 1 billion, nearly half of the population is below the age of 18. Without an identity, these people are unable to travel legally, get an education and are eventually robbed of their freedom and life.

The Bitter Reality

Child prostitution and trafficking have thrived primarily in third-world and war-torn countries because of the weak legislative laws, unsecured borders and deep-rooted corruption. Child traffickers use fake identification documents to transport young people across borders for forced participation in illicit activities including sex trade, labour, illegal human organ trade, begging, drug supply etc.


Many nations have made efforts to curb this situation. Post-Soviet Estonia was the first country that decided to put an end to the chaos by centralizing data of their citizens. India has got 93% of its population registered through a program by the name,  Aadhaar. However, this data is held on centralised servers secured by technology that is prone to hacking. To resolve such issues revolving around security and impermeable data, decentralization through Blockchain is now being implemented by different platforms to address the challenges.

How Blockchain can Provide Identity

The unbanked population has no identification document making them vulnerable and easily exploited by traffickers. With a hope to cross borders and start a better life, they fall in the charades of traffickers disguised as ‘agents’ for creating IDs, ending up in a mess.

A ‘virtual identity’ of a person is created on Private Blockchain using unique biometric information such as a fingerprint or iris scan. The information saved on the Blockchain is immutable and cannot be forged. So, traffickers transporting victims across borders cannot tamper with this information or change the victim’s identity. The individuals are able to prove their identities using information on the Blockchain that is secure and unchangeable. The use of physical documentation that can be easily modified is eliminated.  Every individual has control over their identity and life. Moreover, as Blockchain is a borderless technology, identification documentation and tracking can happen anywhere in the world. The following initiatives taken by various organisations prove that a crimeless future is gradually becoming a reality.

UN’s initiative to end Child Trafficking through Blockchain

The United Nations (UN) has partnered with World Identity Network (WIN) to develop a Blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking. The pilot involves collaborations from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT) to combat human trafficking.

Battling to gain an identity for herself during her early years, Dr. Mariana Dahan, Co-founder and CEO of WIN believes that securing data on an immutable ledger will make trafficking attempts trackable. Blockchain will address this global issue and potentially save millions of children.

Moldova to implement Blockchain to resolve Child Trafficking

Since Moldova became independent from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the widespread poverty and disappointing standards of living have led to the rise in child-trafficking. Hundreds of children have been trafficked to Russia and the Middle Eastern countries to work as sex slaves.

The Government of Moldova decided to collaborate with U.S. based Company, ConsenSys to tackle this menace. The collaboration aims to provide a digital identity to the citizens by using the Blockchain network. The digital network aims to store the identity of every individual in a distributed ledger of a Blockchain, along with the information of their relatives. The aim of the scheme is to maintain a digital database for children, which cannot be tampered or hacked into. The Blockchain is the most adept platform for storing such information


The practical application of Blockchain in combatting social vices like human and child trafficking is feasible and sustainable. However, Blockchain initiatives require the cooperation and collaboration of numerous parties in order to achieve meaningful success. It requires dedicated efforts and integrity from every participant to resolve these ailing issues. With due diligence, Blockchain technology has considerable potential to curb child trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Sankalp to panel at Accenture Fintech Asia Event as part of Singapore Fintech Festival Week

LALA World continues to set benchmarks and lead, with the latest addition of invitation by Accenture as a panellist at the FinTech in Asia Event, Singapore.

This event is organized by Accenture and Singapore Fintech Association, to be held on 15 th November 2018, at WeWork, Level 17, 60 Anson Road, Singapore. This esteemed invite to the event is in relation with the reputation earned by Lala World at Tokyo Accelerator Program, organized by Tokyo Government and Accenture.

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Blockchain Bringing Revolution across Industries


We are living in an era where emerging technologies like Blockchain are widely implicated in various applications to bring comfort in our lives. Blockchain is in its infancy, but holds the potential of revolutionizing the way present world functions and is capable of building new ecosphere. If sufficient time is invested in remodelling of certain systems by enforcing Blockchain, the future will be full of new advancements. The internet came in 1990s and smartphones came in 2000s, creating a world that is heavily dependent on them. Confiscate any teenager’s smartphone and you can see their routine going haywire and losing confidence at the same instance, demonstrating the extent of addiction of certain technologies. Blockchain has the capability to create the same effect especially in operations sectors.

Our future generation would be reaping the advantages, if we understand the importance of Blockchain technology today.

Blockchain refers to a decentralized database that stores transactional records and has an exclusive cryptography, virtually impossible to decrypt that record without the private key. The real disruption happens when trust is established through collaboration and code, rather than a central authority.

We can easily say that we would no longer need a bank to transfer money around the globe. An escrow account will no longer be needed to buy a home, or a real estate agent to facilitate the transaction. There would not be any requirement of a company or central authority to authorize a government transaction. This revolutionary adoption has the potential to transform every industry for good.

Some can easily be seen in the light of Blockchain Technology:

  1. Pharmaceutical

Pharma companies needs to track the movement of their drugs, to keep a check on drugs from the manufacturer to end consumers in the supply chain. When Blockchain is implemented on the pharma supply chain, it keeps a record of all the transactions and notes every detail of location, quality, price etc. Hence, data is not only visible to all concerned parties, implementation of this technology reduces the tempering during the transit. The process is made transparent, secure, decentralized and verifiable in the supply of authentic medicines and trimming costs involved in detecting faulty areas. Alteration of any detail is difficult as the system is decentralized and provides real-time updates to all parties through the incorporation of IoT devices. The

is an exquisite platform to increase transparency and trust, with customers being able to keep a track of pharmaceutical products throughout the supply chain. The stakeholders are given rights to add on the said Blockchain. Manufacturers and consumers can scan the barcode and view the history related to the product received.

  1. Politics/Voting

Security in the voting system is the priority for governments at present, as terrorist organizations and rival governments are always a threat.  Rigged votes and ‘voting irregularities’ are commonly observed in the politically disturbed regions. Blockchain can induce high security and make the voting systems completely hack proof. From voter registration & identity verification to tallying votes, the system would be indisputable.

  1. Real Estate

The paperwork is always dreading before and after purchase of a house, Blockchain can simplify the process and eliminate escrow altogether. By deployment of Blockchain, basis completion of predefined conditions, the smart contracts are triggered to complete the pre-programmed actions, including funding. With transactional data stored on Blockchain, the paperwork cost will reduce. Additionally, the elimination of intermediaries will decrease the commission rate exponentially.

  1. Government

Aside from voting systems, Blockchain technology can be used to help reduce and eliminate bureaucratic red tape and corruption in governments. Welfare, disability, veterans, and unemployment benefits can be more easily verified and distributed, eliminating fraud and waste. Smart contracts will ensure that the tax money is dispensed to the government, once the pre-defined conditions are met, making the functionality of governments secure, transparent and efficient.

  1. Charities and Aid Organizations

People are always willing to help the needy through charity organisations, but recurring doubts about whether their money is reaching the one who truly needs it are always there. Charities can regain the trust of people through smart contracts and online reputation management systems. This will help in streamlining the process and building trust in donors, ensuring them that the money is reaching the intended recipients. The U.N.’s World Food Programme is implementing a Blockchain based system that allows refugees to get food with an Iris scan, instead of relying on cash, credit, or vouchers, all of which can be stolen.

  1. Financial services

Blockchain could potentially save banks billions in cash by dramatically reducing processing costs. Banks are salivating at the opportunity to reduce transaction costs and the amount of paper that they process. Implementing Blockchain would make banks increasingly profitable and valuable. Santander, a bank based in Spain, have savings through Blockchain at $20 billion a year. Alternatively, the market has been introduced with many startups working with Blockchain becoming the banks for future. Financial institutions are also embracing recent developments at a larger scale, by directly investing in FinTech startups. As per KPMG report – 2016, venture capital funding to global FinTech companies reached a record $13.6 billion, while overall investment in FinTech companies was total $24.7 billion.

LALA World is one of the progressive FinTech organizations, which believes in the alternating strength of Blockchain, redefining the Banking and other financial services – Remittance, Lending, etc. The trust, efficiency and security can be significantly increased by deploying Blockchain in a sustainable ecosystem for the future of FinTech industry. LALA World has successfully incubated various products to meet the rising demands of the current and future generations. We are able to provide them with high-security and high-capability products, holding the potential to make the financial aspects simpler.