In this May 10, 2018, file photo, stock screens are shown at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 19. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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A set of sophisticated tools will help financial institutions uncover profits from human trafficking -- estimated at $150 billion per year -- that are moving through their systems, an anti-trafficking coalition said on Thursday.Tools to detect suspicious transactions will allow companies to more easily spot traffickers using their banking or money-moving services to handle profits, said organizers of United States Banks Alliance.It includes American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, PayPal, Western Union, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's investigations arm, the New York County District Attorney, and the U.S.-based anti-trafficking group Polaris.Traffickers need financial institutions, making cooperation with banks, credit-card companies and other such companies critical, said Bradley Myles, chief executive of Polaris.
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