MEET OUR FOUNDERS
NOEL THOMAS, CEO
Noel Thomas’ first exposure to the problem of human trafficking was atypical. In 2007, Noel was touring internationally with his rock band when someone passed him a flyer raising awareness about human trafficking. The reality of people in bondage and modern day slavery had a profound impact on Noel. This moment became the genesis of Noel’s fight against human trafficking. While Noel was in India, researching trafficking brothels he witnessed law enforcement facilitate the sale of a little girl. That moment solidified Noel’s journey to fight human trafficking. While he is still an avid bass guitarist, Noel went on to found a non-profit raising awareness about human trafficking in the United States. His work in the community led to his appointment as the Statewide Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for Florida’s Department of Children and Families.
After working with several state and federal task forces in Florida, Noel saw a lack of technology and analytics to support the dismantling of Human traffickers. Zero Trafficking seeks to fill that gap in the counter trafficking fight. Noel founded Zero Trafficking out of his personal faith and conviction that led him to have a heart for the oppressed and marginalized.
In 2015, Noel was appointed chairman of the human trafficking task force in Orlando and in 2021 he was appointed to the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Committee in Arizona.
Noel's career has consisted of researching, educating on, coordinating and managing the development of unique counter-trafficking solutions. His roles in Florida’s anti-trafficking work included gathering human trafficking intelligence from the deep and clear web and compiling detailed analysis briefs; coordinating that intelligence for raids, which included interfacing with federal law enforcement; and working with state and federal legislators to develop better counter-trafficking policies. His more recent work has included educating specialists on terror and trafficking networks, training technical fields for identification, and developing pilot programs as he works to manage the development of counter-trafficking technology and data solutions.
SAMUEL CURET, COO
Samuel Curet and Noel Thomas grew up in south Florida. In addition to being homeschool debate partners, Samuel was the bass player in the band that didn’t get to tour Europe. Noel told Samuel about the near immunity traffickers enjoyed and the astonishing prevalence of commercial sexual advertisements housed on Backpage in early 2013. Samuel couldn’t believe that traffickers would be so brazen without law enforcement quickly and easily addressing it.
After learning about the inherent difficulties fighting human trafficking in the United States, Samuel applied his understanding of military intelligence to help create a new solution. In 2015, Samuel Curet and Noel Thomas co-founded Zero Trafficking to develop machine learning augmented analysis and bring high quality intelligence to the human trafficking fight.
Samuel Curet earned a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to intelligence. Lt Curet deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 where he led the analysis section and briefed the leadership of the combined Marine Corps and Royal Air Force air wing. After leaving active duty to start a law degree, Samuel worked in corporate compliance and international real estate while completing his studies and building Zero Trafficking.
Samuel was recruited by the Defense Intelligence Agency and their Open Source Intelligence Cell. While at DIA, Samuel spearheaded discussions on human trafficking networks as an intelligence start point. After his time at the DIA, Zero Trafficking received investor funding in October 2019.
Samuel’s vision for Zero Trafficking is to bring human trafficking network data to every financial investigation team, every intelligence team, and every law enforcment team making it impossible for organized human traffickers to hide. Ultimately this will change the business proposition for traffickers, making it high risk and low profit.