Illicit massage businesses, which are often associated with
human trafficking activities, can be difficult to detect because
they use the same online platforms as legitimate massage
businesses, such as advertisement services, job recruitment
ads, and review boards. Investigators need better tools to help
identify illicit massage businesses to combat human trafficking
and public health risks. This project will use common online
review sites to develop data analysis techniques that enable
automatic detection of illicit massage businesses, and the tools
and techniques developed in this project may subsequently be
applied to other illicit business detection as well.
Read the full fact sheet here.