USAID, CCLP call for students to address human trafficking online

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is tapping tech-savvy students to combat one of the most complex human rights issues of the 21st Century – human trafficking. On Wednesday, October 24, the agency launched, its Counter Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Campus Challenge. The initiative calls on university students to develop creative technology solutions to prevent human trafficking, to enable victims to escape from traffickers, and to assist survivors in recovering from trauma so that they can lead productive lives….

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….

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. 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…

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…

Latonero discusses technology and human trafficking at Attorneys General conferences

The impact of CCLP's 2011 Human Trafficking Online report continues to grow, with research director Mark Latonero recently presenting to two conventions of Attorneys General. On March 29th in Seattle, Latonero presented at the 2012 National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Initiative Summit: "Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite against Human Trafficking." The panel, titled "The Business of Trafficking: Data Mining and Following the International Money Trail," was introduced by NAAG President and Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna. Fellow panelists included Samantha Doerr, Public Affairs Manager for the Microsoft Corporation Digital Crimes Unit, Barry M. Koch, Managing Director & Associate…

Latonero appointed to National Research Council committee

Mark Latonero, Director of Research and Instruction at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP), was recently appointed to a national Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. The committee is selected and hosted by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies….

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…