#19: Catching Sex Traffickers with Big Data


Pimps and sex traffickers have long been part of the dark side of the economy, but they now use the internet for their ugly business.  And some of this involves trafficking underage girls for sex.  Our guest has pioneered an approach to meeting this challenge with a distinctively 21st-century solution: using algorithmic analysis on big data to identify and catch sex traffickers who operate online. 

Cara Jones is the chief operating officer of Marinus Analytics.  At Marinus, she and co-founder Emily Kennedy have brought Traffic Jam, their analytic software, to law enforcement agencies, resulting in the arrests of internet pimps and traffickers, and the rescue of many young women.