Child Sex Trafficking

Child Sex TraffickingChild Sexual Abuse Material
June 22, 2017

Fight Child Sexual Exploitation Today: Be an Advocate

Here at Thorn, one part of our work is equipping law enforcement with the technology they need to help identify children exploited through sex trafficking or child sexual abuse imagery faster. This work would not be possible without the policies…
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Child Sex TraffickingSurvivors
February 23, 2017

Fighting Human Trafficking Starts Where You Live

The past week and a half have been beyond inspiring for myself and the staff here at Thorn.  The outpouring of support and interest in our work in response to Ashton’s testimony has been overwhelming, humbling and provided a much…
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deterring sex trafficking demand
Child Sex TraffickingDeterrenceTechnology For Good
March 21, 2016

Deterring Sex Trafficking Demand with the Help of Technology

Recently, our CEO Julie Cordua and I attended a Demand Abolition and Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Network convening, which brought together over 150 police officers, prosecutors, survivor leaders and advocates all dedicated to reducing the demand for commercial…
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Child Sex TraffickingPartnersSuccess In the Field
March 3, 2016

Trafficking and Technology: A Cross-Sector Approach

In the fall of 2014, our team went to Phoenix to present to the Arizona Human Trafficking Council. We shared a new tool we had just developed called Spotlight, that leverages machine learning algorithms and insight from officers in the…
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Child Sex TraffickingNewsPartnersSuccess In the Field
February 22, 2016

Collaborative Technology Aids Super Bowl Trafficking Sting

On February 4th, I flew out to the San Francisco Bay Area to support our law enforcement partners in Super Bowl sting operations. In addition to other methods, officers used the anti-human trafficking tool we developed with Digital Reasoning, called…
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Child Sex TraffickingSuccess In the Field
February 3, 2016

Thorn joins law enforcement, nonprofits to tackle human trafficking for Super Bowl 50

Thorn will join our partners in the San Francisco Bay Area to support their efforts against human trafficking leading up to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday. Major national events like the Super Bowl tend to bring about an influx of…
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Child Sex TraffickingSuccess In the Field
October 16, 2015

Spotlight Tool Aids In Recovery of Child Sex Trafficking Victims

Last week, the FBI led its latest nationwide effort to combat child sex trafficking, Operation Cross Country. Carried out in partnership with various state and local law enforcement agencies, Operation Cross Country IX helped identify 149 underaged victims of sex…
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Child Sex TraffickingTechnology For Good
July 17, 2015

Using Tech to Find Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

The Internet has made it easier for children to be bought and sold online, because it has created a marketplace for purchasers to conduct illegal transactions and for exploiters to profit from the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Law enforcement…
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Child Sex TraffickingChild Sexual Abuse Material
April 28, 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, we want to call attention to the long-lasting effects of abuse. Fighting child sexual exploitation and trafficking, we are aware that child abuse and neglect are often precursors to a life…
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Child Sex TraffickingTechnology For Good
March 3, 2015

Technology: A Powerful Tool to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

The fast-paced nature of technology proves to be both an asset and an obstacle in Thorn’s fight to combat child sex trafficking. In order to tackle this pervasive issue in the United States, we must fully understand the various ways…
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