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Report Reveals 59% Of Online Sex Trafficking Recruitment In 2020 Took Place On Facebook

A new report is sharing shocking information about how human traffickers are moving their exploitative practices online. According to the Human Trafficking Institute, its recently published 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report revealed that 59 percent of online sex trafficking recruitment last year took place on Facebook, Business Insider reports. The report was released to mark the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), which made human trafficking a federal crime. Throughout this year’s edition of the report, it highlights data and trends that span across two decades of anti-trafficking enforcement in the U.S. In addition to Facebook, Snapchat, WeChat and Facebook’s Instagram have also been identified as hotspots for sex trafficking cases. Sex trafficking that used to take place by kidnapping strangers off the street is becoming less popular as the internet is increasingly becoming the new breeding ground for child exploitation and victim recruitment....

Njera Perkins

Jun 11, 2021