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Human Trafficking Online: The Role of Social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds

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Published Date
September, 2011

In this report, researchers analyze the relationship between human trafficking and online technologies. Literature reviews of research related to trafficking in persons and trafficking via the Internet, specifically, serve to identify information gaps and highlight the need for additional study. Field research, interviews, and a sample of recent trafficking cases involving online technologies provide details regarding the different uses of the Internet by traffickers. Although the scope of this inquiry includes the role of online activity in both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, this study found evidence establishing the use of online channels only in the context of sex trafficking.