Praescient and ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) Investigate Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl

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Praescient’s Analysis as a Service (A3S) Team joins scholars from the Arizona State University School of Social Work’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research in a project sponsored by The McCain Institute investigating human trafficking during the 2015 Super Bowl, culminating in the production of a comprehensive report

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Praescient's Analysis as a Service (A3S) Team augments human trafficking research

By accessing some of the most talented technologists in the U.S. at Praescient...we were able to push the current level of knowledge to make new discoveries and possible solutions for sex trafficking during large sporting events

Praescient Analytics, an organization which applies analytic technologies and methodologies to solve complex information challenges, is continuing its ongoing human trafficking research effort in partnership with the McCain Institute and the Arizona State University School of Social Work’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR), a research center which advises law enforcement, prosecutors, medical practitioners, and social service providers on the cycle of domestic sex trafficking. Praescient’s Analysis as a Service Team (A3S) is working with ASU to analyze open source indicators of sex trafficking during the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Illicit sex trafficking destroys lives every day in this country, not just on Super Bowl weekend,” said Praescient Analyst Jon Larkin. “We believe it is vital to raise awareness of this issue wherever and whenever we can. Through our partnership with ASU, we aim to provide law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the larger community with the data they need to better understand and more effectively combat sex trafficking.”

“By accessing some of the most talented technologists in the U.S. at Praescient,” said Director of STIR Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, “we were able to push the current level of knowledge to make new discoveries and possible solutions for sex trafficking during large sporting events.”

Praescient’s analysts are contributing workflows which source thousands of online sex ads to find patterns and anomalies identifying both victims and illicit trafficking networks. Praescient’s software engineers are providing a capability to quickly identify and parse suspicious keywords and phrases within a large collection of online advertisements.

For past coverage of Praescient's anti-trafficking work, see this 2014 story from BloombergNews.

The 2015 edition of the joint report, "Exploring Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Demand during the Super Bowl," will be released by ASU on Monday, February 23rd.

About Praescient Analytics: Praescient Analytics is a Veteran-Owned Small Business that delivers an agile, rapid-reaction Analysis as a Service (A3S) offering that address clients’ challenging problems with a variety of software tools. Praescient’s analysts have developed a suite of methodologies for a wide range of industries which transform clients’ data into actionable insights. Learn more at praescientanalytics.com

About ASU School of Social Work: The Arizona State University School of Social Work promotes student and faculty social science research and advances research relevant to the social problems in Arizona and the Southwest. Their Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research contributes to the knowledge base about sex trafficking by introducing innovative research methodologies and unique partnerships. Learn more at ssw.asu.edu

Contact: To learn more about Praescient’s partnership with ASU, contact info(at)praescientanalytics(dot)com

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