How Sex Traffickers Use Social Media to Find, Groom, and Control Victims

Social media has been a massive connector of people all over the world, but in recent years our society has suffered many unintended consequences.

Such is the case with the underground sex trafficking industry’s relationship with social media.

Before Facebook, it was more challenging for traffickers to find potential victims and more risky to make contact. Fast forward to today, and sex traffickers can identify, make initial contact, and even use social media to assert control over their victims.

In a recent example, a 17-year-old North Carolina girl ran away from her foster home and straight to Willie Obadiah, a

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