Policing Sex Trafficking in the ‘Virtual Red-Light District’: A Research Note

Xavier L’Hoiry, Alessandro Moretti, Georgios A. Antonopoulos*

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Working alongside a police force in the United Kingdom, the study briefly presented in this note, sought to create an analytical tool (the Sexual Trafficking Identification Matrix—STIM) with which policing actors could distinguish between Adult Services Website (ASW) profiles posted by independent sex workers and profiles created by traffickers. Distinguishing between these will potentially allow law enforcement agencies to prioritise their investigatory efforts more efficiently.
Original languageEnglish
Article number319
Number of pages3
JournalSocial Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2022


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