Investigating Sex Trafficking On The Internet

Sex trafficking or slavery is the exploitation of women and children, within national or across international borders, for the purposes of forced sex work. This course will teach you how to identify sex trafficking on the internet.

Modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people for the purpose of work. According to the U.N., about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time.

Commercial sexual exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking of women and girls, and is characterized by the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money. Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders—though additional numbers of women and girls are trafficked within countries.

Not only is human sex trafficking slavery but it is big business. It is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. The majority of sex trafficking is international, with victims taken from such places as South and Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union, Central and South America, and other less developed areas and moved to more developed ones, including Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America.

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume. Astonishing statistics dug up by Thorn, an agency that studies technology’s role in sex trafficking, found that sites like Craigslist are often used as tools for conducting business within the industry. Incredibly, 70 percent of child sex trafficking survivors surveyed by Thorn were at some point sold online.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Understanding Sex Trafficking And How It Works

    • Discussion Group

    • The Booming Industry Of Sex Trafficking

    • Sexual exploitation of children

    • Online Sexual Exploitation

    • ​Warning Signs

  • 2


    • Sextortion

    • New Research: Sextortion

    • Use of Technology to Recruit

    • Survivor Survey

    • The Employee Resilience Guidebook for Handling Child Sexual Abuse Images

    • Employee Resilience Guidebook

    • From Abused and Neglected to Abused and Exploited

    • CSEC Child Welfare Report


    • 3 Horrifying Human Trafficking Stories

  • 3

    Sex Trafficking On The Internet

    • Sex Trafficking Via The Internet- How International Agreements Address The Problem And Fail To Go Far Enough

    • Investigating Sex Trafficking On Facebook

    • Investigate Human Trafficking On

  • 4


    • Trafficking of Children in the United States: Documentary Film

    • Inside The Mind Of Pimps

    • Sex Trafficking Online - News Report

    • Becky's Story

    • African American PIMPS

    • Hugh Hefner - The Worlds Biggest PIMP!

    • Playboy Mansion - MTV CRIBS - A PIMP IS A PIMP

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