IST student research human trafficking network visualization

IST student research human trafficking network visualization

graphic with color-coded circles, or nodes, labeled by data type and connected by lines to other nodes to map network of website activity

Undergraduate researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) processed approximately 500,000 ads from a public online social network and identified data, cataloged by listed telephone numbers, that indicated the website is used as a recruiting platform for criminal activity. This visualization of the network's studied activity labels data by phone, article, location and hub. Future research may analyze the data using natural language processing techniques, keyword classification and other attributes to identify potential sex-trafficking sub-networks.

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