March 21, 2014

Text messages as a weapon against sex trafficking

In Canada, anti-human trafficking and women’s groups say the use of the Internet as the primary way to sell sex has made it almost impossible for them to make initial face-to-face contact with women in the sex trade.

quotemarksright.jpgProject Backpage, a pilot program in Edmonton, Canada that started in 2012, is using FrontlineSMS software created to effect social change through text messaging.

The program sends text messages offering support and contact information to phone numbers scraped from ads on the Edmonton “adult” section of, an online classified advertising website similar to Craigslist.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via Thomson Reuters Foundation]

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