Language document

Date

23 Nov 2015

Type of document

Reports

Theme

Country

Keyword

Internet
Grooming
Social Media
Sextortion

Organization

Europol

Europol's 'Intelligence Notification' about Internet and Trafficking

Date

23 Nov 2015

Rapid innovations in information and communication technologies facilitate the trafficking in human beings (THB) by exposing a growing number of victims to traffickers. These traffickers use social networks and online classified sites to market, recruit, sell and exploit their victims. The internet has shifted the recruitment, advertising and selling process from the street to the digital domain.

Online interaction creates both risks and opportunities for criminals, victims and law enforcement. Criminals and victims leave permanent traces, which facilitates identification, but not necessarily intervention. This gap between identification and intervention is becoming more difficult to overcome for law enforcement. This Intelligence Notification provides an overview of Europol’s knowledge on the role of the internet as a facilitator for THB.