Human Trafficking Pervasive on Web Sites

A new study published by Arizona State University researchers, One-Day Trafficking Snapshot of an Internet Service Provider, found that nearly 60 percent of the ads on Backpage.com Adult Entertainment Services were for selling sex/prostitution. Of those ads more than 20 percent were identified by the researchers to feature potential adult and minor trafficking victims.

The purpose of the study, according to its authors, was to better understand the scope of the online sex trafficking and prostitution enterprise in five major U.S. cities and to further develop a Trafficking Identification Matrix to accurately and systematically identify the characteristics and content typical of ads involving possible trafficking victims. The study provides a one-day snapshot of sex ads posted during a 12-hour period on Nov. 1 in five markets: Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Diego. A total of 1,332 ads from the five cities were collected and analyzed by a 12-member research team.

Learn more at the ASU News article: Human trafficking activity on adult entertainment website more pervasive than expected.

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