On-line Sex Trafficking -When stalkers use this as a weapon
We always wonder why we have sex advertisements pop up at our side bars when we browse isn’t it? With a small research on this we were able to find out some incidents of victims who were targeted either by pimps or their ex-boyfriend. Internet has turned out to be an essential tool for the traffickers.
We need to make sure we monitor and control our social link ups in a much secure manner . Or we have clients knock our door down.
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PIMP CONTROLLED ON-LINE ADVERTISEMENT
A teacher became concerned about one of her students, and spoke with classmates of the 14-year-old girl who directed the teacher to multiple postings advertising the young girl for commercial sex on Backpage.com.
A man called the hotline from Toledo, OH after his 14-year-old niece had run away from home. The niece had experienced sexual abuse in the past, and the man was concerned that she might be in trouble. After speaking with his niece’s teacher, he learned that she may be involved in commercial sex under the control of a potential pimp. The teacher had spoken with multiple students in the niece’s high school who indicated that the niece had an older boyfriend who sometimes picked her up from school. The students also directed the teacher to multiple postings advertising the niece for commercial sex on Backpage.com. The postings claimed the niece was an adult. After trying unsuccessfully to contact his niece via cell phone, the man contacted the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline for advice on how to help his niece. The NHTRC reported the information to a federal anti-trafficking task force. The man called the hotline back a few days later to report that his niece had contacted him from a payphone, since the pimp monitored the niece’s cell phone. Law enforcement was called and the niece was picked up at the payphone and brought back to her home safely. With the help of the task force and local service providers, the potential victim is currently safe and receiving services, and the pimp has been arrested.
Note : The names aren’t real and has been changed for protection of identity
Source : POLARISPROJECT
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The first man who knocked on the Fauquier County woman’s door told her they had been e-mailing and he was there for sex. Shocked and perplexed because they hadn’t corresponded, the woman sent him away.
But the men kept coming. They arrived on her doorstep as many as six times a day, sometimes traveling from other states. One had a crowbar. Others refused to leave. Another rammed his car through a security gate that she installed.
In all, there were about 100. Each said he had communicated with her. All expected sex.
The unrelenting onslaught was organized by an angry ex-boyfriend, who had assumed the woman’s identity online and crowdsourced his harassment to dozens of unwitting accomplices he lured to her home, prosecutors say in court papers.
The case, which goes to trial next month in federal court in Virginia, is among a number around the country in which stalkers are accused of stealing their victim’s online persona and using the power of social media as a weapon.
The Fauquier County woman thought it was only a matter of time before she was assaulted, raped — or worse. She turned her home into a fortress with security cameras, floodlights and a gate.
“I live in fear of anyone coming to my door,” the woman said. “I’m a prisoner in my own home.”
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SOURCE : WASHINGTONPOST
The Rise of Mobile Phones in Human Trafficking
Based on the evidence gathered in the previous section, a key finding of this report is that mobile phones play a central role in facilitating potential cases of DMST. Online advertisements for potential DMST victims commonly contain a mobile phone contact number. Logistical information such as time, place, pricing, and types of services are communicated through phone calls or text messages on mobile phones. As an increasing number of websites develop mobile applications, posting of advertisements can be done primarily via mobile phone, as can viewing and responding to these advertisements.
Because the social actors involved in trafficking can use mobile phones to communicate, coordinate, organize, advertise, etc., the information transmitted across mobile networks could serve multiple evidentiary and investigatory purposes. The widespread use of mobile phones can also be utilized for social outreach and interventions.
SOURCE : TECHNOLOGY AND TRAFFICKING