This AI can spot signs of human trafficking in online sex ads


"The sad truth is that it's happening in every city in America," says Kara Smith, a senior targeting analyst with DeliverFund, a group of former CIA, NSA, special forces, and law enforcement officers who collaborate with law enforcement to bust sex trafficking operations in the U.S. The online ad for Molly provides clues that she's performing against her will and is not an independent sex worker who keeps all the money she earns. For instance, she's depicted in degrading positions, like hunched over on a bed with her rear end facing the camera. "Any self-respecting woman, even if she is a prostitute, she's going to sell herself as a hot commodity," says Smith. "She's going to sell herself with a little bit more class, and she's going to be very picky" about the kind of clients she attracts. Bruises and bite marks are other telltale signs for some victims. So are tattoos that brand the women as the property of traffickers--crowns are popular images, as pimps often refer to themselves as "kings."

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