Nicholas Kristof on Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Shadows of children Shadows of children (familymwr/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Last week, we talked with a woman named Nacole, whose 15-year-old daughter was coerced into the sex trade and sold to johns through online forums. After her daughter was rescued, Nacole took it upon herself to champion a bill, which is now a law, in Washington state. The law requires sites like to obtain documentation proving that the escorts they advertise are at least 18.

But in addition to these laws, what else should be done to protect children from the world of sex trafficking? Nicholas Kristof, columnist for our partner The New York Times, has delved extensively into this question.


Nicholas Kristof

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Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]


I think there's a reasonable solution for this: facial recognition. While the technology certainly needs some time to mature, there's some algorithms for detecting a person's age ( ). Why not use an algorithm like this on the website to flag potentially underage girls?

Apr. 10 2012 09:21 AM

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