California Attorney General highlights CCLP research on role of mobile technology in human trafficking

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (pictured, above center with Clothilde Hewlett, and Geoffrey Cowan) urged law enforcement officials, NGOs, and researchers in the fight against human trafficking to "dedicate [themselves] to the adoption of technology" at her Human Trafficking Leadership Symposium on November 16, 2012 at the University of Southern California. The symposium coincided with the release of her new report, "The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012." The report highlights CCLP's work in the area, including its research on online classified sites' facilitation of trafficking. It notes CCLP's finding that "the efficiency and anonymity of social networking sites…

USC Annenberg report reveals mobile as new battleground in fight against sex trafficking

November 13, 2012 – Mobile phones and devices are now being used to traffic minors for commercial sex in the United States. They are among numerous digital channels – including popular social networking sites and online classifieds – facilitating the exploitation of children, according to a newly published report from the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The Rise of Mobile and the Diffusion of Technology-Facilitated Trafficking is the latest CCLP research report on the intersection of technology and human trafficking, and the follow-up to CCLP's…

CCLP forum explores new technological tools to combat human trafficking

SAN FRANCISCO – Innovative tools to disrupt human trafficking and slavery were discussed at a CCLP forum held on Friday. Drawing on the experiences of senior level experts from industry, government, NGOs and academia, the forum highlighted a number of new digital and Internet-based techniques to detect individuals and organizations engaged in sex trafficking and forced labor. One technology, developed this year at USC, conducted powerful text searches for common phrases and even misspellings to identify individuals and groups engaged in illegal activity. It can also be used to discover young victims of sex trafficking and forced labor. Recent tests…

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….

Notes from the Field: CCLP Researcher Shares Trafficking Update from Vietnam

Researcher Zhaleh Boyd is conducting a fact-finding mission in Vietnam in conjunction with the CCLP Technology and Trafficking in Persons initiative. Boyd, a 2010 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow, reports in from the mid-way point of her trip on her latest findings on human trafficking in Asia and the Pacific Rim. —————————————————————————————— I have just completed the first week of my 16-day research trip to Vietnam. This week was spent in the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam's boomtown. L-R: Mark Preston, Candace Burnham, Jerry Edling, and Zhaleh Boyd standing at the entrance to the US Consulate in…

Amb. CdeBaca highlights CCLP efforts to combat human trafficking in year-end report

The director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking for the US State Department, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, released his end of the year report on the initiatives pursued to combat human trafficking and forced labor. Annually, the State Department releases the Trafficking in Persons Report which not only focuses on the issues that are pervasive in human trafficking, but also laying out future plans in order to end this crime. The Center on Communication Leadership & Policy hosted Amb. CdeBaca and other officials from the State Dept., including Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,…