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The Technology & Human Trafficking Initiative

The Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative is a project of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy created to study the current use and broader implementation of information and communication technologies in the international fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

Under this initiative, our current projects include the Technology And Labor Trafficking Project funded by Humanity United, Anti-Human Trafficking Communication And Social Media in Indonesia funded by USAID, and research on Data Analytics and Child Sex Trafficking funded by the Department of Justice.

Since launching its Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative in 2010, the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy has produced groundbreaking research on technology and human trafficking. In 2011, the Annenberg Center released the first in-depth examination of the role of social networking sites and online classifieds in the domestic sex trafficking of minors. This report was followed in 2012, with the publication of The Rise of Mobile and the Diffusion of Technology-Facilitated Trafficking, which was the first effort of its kind to examine the role of mobile technology in both facilitating and combatting trafficking.

 

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