“Project Backpage”, a pilot program in Edmonton, Canada is using FrontlineSMS, a text messaging software to reach potential victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Text messages offering support are sent to phone numbers scraped from ads on the “adult” section of Backpage.com, an online classified advertising website. Anti-trafficking groups are hoping that a text message would lead to a phone call, which may lead to a face-to-face contact.
“For women who are vulnerable, the phone can be a lifeline,” says Laura Walker Hudson, CEO of the Social Impact Lab Foundation, which makes FrontlineSMS.
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