Human Traffic Watch

ASU and Phoenix Police Department complete study on human trafficking and Backpage.com

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

A study conducted by ASU’s School of Social Work and the Phoenix Police Department exposes shocking new statistics in the number of people forced into the sex business online.

The study looked at the site Backpage.com for a 12-hour period in five different cities: Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Philadelphia. It found about 20 percent of the sex ads on the site showed signs that they were linked to human trafficking. Ten percent of those ads showed signs that minors were involved.

“You can tell because you’d see a switch in the pronouns used. That would tell you that someone else was involved in the ad,” said Dominique Roe-Sepowitz with ASU.

Source: ABC 15

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