White House highlights efforts to engage technology in fight against trafficking

President Barack Obama took major action to bolster efforts to combat human trafficking on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He announced new measures during an address to the Clinton Global Initiative, including an executive order that incorporates key research from USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy conducted by a team led by research director Mark Latonero….

Miami Herald cites Latonero’s CCLP report on human trafficking

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Jessica Zech This blog first appeared on the Inside Annenberg website. The Miami Herald mentioned USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy research director Mark Latonero's report on online human trafficking in an article about Internet ads promoting young prostitutes. Backpage.com has gotten heat for allowing adult ads for underage, trafficked prostitutes on its website. The site maintains that it reviews the ads and alerts the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of anything suspicious. Despite Backpage's efforts, pimps who place the ads have learned not to use words the website…

Technology To Fight Human Trafficking: Microsoft Awards Research Grants

CCLP research director Mark Latonero interviewed by NPR Seattle's KUOW News about the recent Microsoft grant allocated to research efforts dedicated to quell the ever rising problem of "Human Trafficking Online." Latonero: "It's my hope that some of the research which is being incubated, really by Microsoft with these grants, actually has that kind of potential in the future." To read the interview in full, please click here. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};…

Microsoft Names Research Grant Recipients in Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

CCLP post doc was amongst six research teams awarded $185,000 in funding from Microsoft to advance deeper understanding of the advertising and selling of children and the use of technology by "johns" in the child sex trade. Dr. Jennifer Musto, one of the Microsoft grantees, is part of CCLP's research team writing a follow-up report to be released in the fall. To read Microsoft's announcement in full please click here. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};…

CCLP hosts USC scholars from across disciplines to discuss human trafficking

On April 19, Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy hosted the 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Research Luncheon for the USC research community. USC faculty from across campus discussed the spectrum of human trafficking research and interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborations. Luncheon attendees heard from Rhacel Parrenas on her most recent book, Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo, and from Mark Latonero on his white paper, Human Trafficking Online: The role of social networking sites and online forums. Attendees also discussed the current legal definitions of human trafficking in domestic and international law, the pros and cons of…

Online Sex Trade Flourishing Despite Efforts to Curb It – NYTimes.com

The New York Times quoted CCLP Director of Research and Instruction Mark Latonero about using social media tools to combat the flourishing online human trafficking epidemic. The online sex trade is flourishing despite nationwide campaigns and pressure from government leaders. But California is now leading the country in responding to the rapidly expanding online sex trade. In February, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris convened leaders from nonprofit, law enforcement and technology companies to gather information for an updated report on human trafficking in the state. "This is an opportunity to observe the social behaviors which underlie the trafficking trade, which…

Internet a potent weapon in fight against human trafficking: Report offers recommendations for industry & government

The rapid expansion of the Internet is being used to facilitate human trafficking, yet it also can be harnessed to monitor and combat this form of modern-day slavery. The result of a year-long investigation by research director Mark Latonero, Ph.D., and his team, Human Trafficking Online: The Role of Social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds focuses on how technology and online tools can be used to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators….