Child Sex Trafficking

My Life My Choice: Survivor-Led Prevention

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The following post was written by Susan Alves, My Life My Choice Senior Survivor Mentor and Amy Corbett, LMHC, My Life My Choice Director of Prevention. Since 2002, My Life My Choice has worked to end child sexual exploitation through survivor-led programs that empower youth and their allies to fight back. During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re amplifying the voices of survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. Read More

Survivor Insight is Invaluable to the Fight Against Trafficking

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I have always found it inspiring to meet survivors. Their experiences, their challenges, their strength and their will to overcome inspire me to be a better person and to fight for justice in this world. That’s why here at Thorn we so strongly value the voices of survivors. Hearing from survivors provides a much needed breath of inspiration to keep us going as we work behind the scenes. Read More

Rebecca Bender: I was trafficked in plain sight

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During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’re giving a voice to survivors and those working on the front lines of trafficking. While we’re proud of the results of our tools to identify victims faster, we know that the issue doesn’t end there. The following post was written by Rebecca Bender, co-founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative. She is an award-winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and Survivor Leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery. Read More

Human Trafficking Policy: The Latest From DC

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Thorn kicked off our work in DC with a bang — with a testimony from our co-founder’s before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We may be the new kids on the block, but we have some big goals to educate policymakers about leveraging technology to address child sexual abuse. These past few months, we’ve learned a ton and we plan on sharing those insights regularly with you, our supporters. Here’s what’s top of mind in human trafficking policy for us at the moment. Read More

Fight Child Sexual Exploitation Today: Be an Advocate

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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 that protect child victims and hold perpetrators accountable. As our Strategy and Operations Director, Brooke Istook, shared earlier this year, you can start addressing these issues right where you live—by learning about the laws in your country, state, or city. Read More

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Deterring Sex Trafficking Demand with the Help of Technology

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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 sexual exploitation. We were excited to present on trends in the online sex marketplace, showcase Spotlight, our human trafficking investigations tool, and learn about new ways technology is being used to combat sex trafficking demand. Read More


Trafficking and Technology: A Cross-Sector Approach

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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 field, and were prepared to train Arizona officers as some of the first users in the country.

This week, I had the opportunity to join the Council once again and provide updates on the incredible progress we’ve seen with Spotlight since our first meeting.  Today, Spotlight is used across the state of Arizona and in 47 other states, plus the District of Columbia.  It is being used by more than 2,000 officers nationwide and has helped identify over 300 victims of trafficking.   Read More


Collaborative Technology Aids Super Bowl Trafficking Sting

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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 Spotlight, to help identify victims and illicit networks. It was tremendously gratifying to come back to the Bay on behalf of Thorn and see our technology in action. Read More