March 10, 2014 Comments Off on Researchers Say Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Included Minors – Here & Now
Researchers Say Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Included Minors – Here & Now
ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:
It’s HERE AND NOW, and our next story may not be appropriate for children. It’s about the first comprehensive research on sex trafficking at the Super Bowl. It’s being released today by researchers in Arizona, site of next year’s Super Bowl, researchers who combed through online sex ads, placed decoy ads and say they identified nearly 2,000 potential sex trafficking victims, including 84 children.
The information was gathered sometimes by former Army intelligence officers using the same type of Internet-sniffing technology used to track militants in Afghanistan. The defense contractor that helped with the research says sex trafficking is a lot like terrorism. It’s a problem that’s hard to see….
ROE-SEPOWITZ: So we find some similarities between what terrorism may look like in our country and what sex trafficking looks like. More than half of the ads that we identified as potential minors were linked to other ads, other girls, other phone numbers. So we actually think that this sex trafficking world is a network, multiple networks, whether they’re gangs, whether they’re organized crime.