Google Turns to Big Data to Unmask Human Traffickers

Refugees from Myanmar wait for registration in Thailand after being rescued from a human-trafficking gang along the Malaysian border Photograph by Thoranit Pirunla-Ong/EPA

Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative of all criminal enterprises. According to recent research (PDF) from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 20.9 million people have been pushed into forced labor, creating a booming $32 billion illicit trade stretching from Laos to Los Angeles.

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