It is the greatest tool we have in the fight against human trafficking.
— Special Agent, Wisconsin Human Trafficking Task Force
Our web-based tool is now used by over 4,000 officers in all 50 states and according to our most recent survey—is helping find more human trafficking victims, faster. Our most recent user survey uncovered that Spotlight has been used in 7,442 cases identifying 4,545 adults, 1,980 children, and 2,186 traffickers in the past 12 months. With only a 25% response rate, we’re confident these numbers represent the low end of our impact.
Over the past year, reports show that we are identifying on average 5 kids per day and that law enforcement using Spotlight daily are seeing a 60% time savings in their process. This combination of streamlining workflows and increasing successful victim identification is what has propelled Spotlight to its large user base.
Empowering law enforcement to collaborate beyond jurisdictions or national borders, is a key to success in identifying victims who are moved frequently, or are broadcast in P2P on the dark web from a hidden location. Hear more from our Product Manager.
*All data from September 2016 Spotlight user survey covering the previous 12 months.
Top 5 states for Spotlight assisted investigations out of 7,442 national cases.
Used by 4,000+ officers, 780 agencies, in all 50 states. Widespread adoption creates an unprecedented ability for law enforcement to collaborate across jurisdictions to find victims faster.
The internet has made it easier for children to be bought and sold online. There are more than 100,000 escort ads posted every day in this country. Somewhere in that pile of data are children who are bought and sold online for sex. When we surveyed underage sex trafficking victims, 3 out of 4 said they had been advertised online at some point in their trafficking situation. How can law enforcement sift through massive amounts of data to focus their time on the most vulnerable victims?
Law enforcement doesn’t have enough time to navigate the online commercial sex market to find children and identify their traffickers. Spotlight takes this massive amount of data and turns it into an asset for law enforcement. The objective of Spotlight is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of domestic sex trafficking investigations and increase the number of women and children who are identified and connected with help resources. Learn more about Spotlight.
It is the Google Search for combating human sex trafficking. I get results fast allowing me to to gather important evidence and information in minutes compared to hours.InvestigatorNew York
This tool will allow us to conduct faster, more precise investigations that will remove criminals from the street and, most importantly, recover victims.Special AgentHawaii
Spotlight not only helps us to identify victims, but it also gives us a larger picture of where the crime is being committed...and the immense scope of the crime.InvestigatorGeorgia