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Facebook Is Largest Online Recruitment Tool For Human Traffickers

New data shows Facebook is the largest online recruitment site in active U.S. sex trafficking cases. This week, Human Trafficking Institute CEO Victor Boutros said social media sites have become a dominant tool sex traffickers use to recruit victims for exploitation.

Data from the institute shows 30 percent of all victims identified in federal sex trafficking cases since the year 2000 were recruited online. Boutros added nearly 70 percent of child sex trafficking victims that were recruited on social media were contacted on Facebook.

The tech giant, which has faced major backlash regarding censorship, claimed they have policies in place to prevent sex trafficking. However, data shows that not enough is being done to prevent children and primarily women, from being trafficked.