CCLP collaborates to set forth guidelines for technological interventions of human trafficking

In 2011 and 2012 CCLP research director Mark Latonero published two pioneering reports on the role of technology in both facilitating and combatting human trafficking. The issue has been rising steadily on the agenda of policymakers and stakeholders in recent years. Most notably, President Obama and The White House have identified human trafficking as a high-priority human rights imperative, and have advocated specifically for the development of technologies to stop it. In order to facilitate the development of effective technological interventions that are responsive to the realities and complexities of human trafficking, CCLP has worked with partners including Microsoft…

Multi-sector approach to combat human trafficking advocated by Dr. Latonero

On Friday, April 5, 2013, CCLP Research Director Mark Latonero discussed the future of human trafficking detection and prevention – a "multi-sector approach" that employs new technologies to combat the modernized trafficking tactics that have permeated mobile networks, online classified and networking sites, and even video games. Dr. Latonero participated on a panel of human trafficking experts at the 7th annual L.A. Policy Symposium at the RAND Corporation, which welcomed students, researchers, and practitioners for a discussion on trafficking. The conversation focused on support for victims and survivors, public education, and innovative approaches to combat trafficking. The panel discussion was…

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…

California Proposition 35 forum ignites passionate discussion from human trafficking experts

How can a ballot initiative that aims to discourage human trafficking stir up such spirited debate? Attendees at CCLP's Road to the White House panel discussion on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, discovered that there are divergent opinions of Proposition 35, a California ballot initiative intended to strengthen human trafficking laws….

Latonero discusses greater use of mobile technology to combat human trafficking online in Kathmandu

On September 18, 2012, research director Mark Latonero addressed The Asia Foundation workshop on Counter-Trafficking in Persons in Kathmandu, Nepal. Representatives from The Asia Foundation field offices across the Asia Pacific Region attended, along with representatives from USAID, AusAID, and DFID. Other participants included experts on trafficking in persons from the psychology, health, and legal fields….