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Facebook Accounts For Over Half of Sex Trafficing Recruitment

Friday June 11, 2021. 03:00 PM , from Slashdot/Apple
Facebook Accounts For Over Half of Sex Trafficing Recruitment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in the U.S. last year took place on Facebook, according to the Human Trafficking Institute's 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. 'The internet has become the dominant tool that traffickers use to recruit victims, and they often recruit them on a number of very common social networking websites,' Human Trafficking Institute CEO Victor Boutros said on CBSN Wednesday. 'Facebook overwhelmingly is used by traffickers to recruit victims in active sex trafficking cases.' In 2020 in the U.S., 59% of online recruitment of identified victims in active cases took place on Facebook alone. The report also states that 65% of identified child sex trafficking victims recruited on social media were recruited through Facebook. The tech giant responded to the report's findings in a statement to CBS News: 'Sex trafficking and child exploitation are abhorrent and we don't allow them on Facebook. We have policies and technology to prevent these types of abuses and take down any content that violates our rules.'

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