Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

Human Trafficking Online: The role of social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds

Human Trafficking Online: The role of social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds

Centre on Communication Leadership & Policy (USC, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism), September 2011, 56 pages

Hundreds of millions of individuals use social networking sites. However, in contrast to the social benefits that Internet technologies provide, a darker narrative also has emerged. Social networks and online classified sites are being used by traffickers to market, recruit, sell, and exploit for criminal purposes.

This report indicates that immediate action is required to develop monitoring and prevention techniques to combat human trafficking online. The report recommends future research and proposes actions that stakeholders can undertake to address trafficking online. Comprehensive solutions to trafficking through online channels should involve proactive steps by governments to protect victims and support law enforcement in combating a new generation of tech-savvy traffickers.