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Cutting-edge research, data analysis, and coalition building to combat human trafficking networks.

Featured Research

What is the Illicit Massage Industry?

The Illicit Massage Industry (IMI) is one of the largest - and most networked - sex trafficking markets in the United States. We assess the IMI is made up of over 10,000 illicit massage businesses (IMBs) across all 50 states.

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COVID-19

IMI Remains Largely Intact After Weathering COVID-19

Barring the reinstatement of country-wide non-essential business closures, we assess the illicit massage industry (IMI) remains well-positioned for a return to normal operations by mid-to-late 2020. We judge that the relatively short duration of recent business closures was likely insufficient to significantly undermine IMI finances writ-large...

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COVID-19

Pandemic Threatens IMI Revenue and Long-Term Viability

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying closure of non-essential businesses have severely compromised the financial standing of illicit massage businesses (IMBs) across the country. Once considered a low-risk, highly profitable criminal enterprise, we assess nearly all IMBs will likely be approaching complete insolvency...

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We are an intelligence-driven research organization focused on disrupting the human trafficking business model.

U.S. Cities Initiative

We’re working broadly with the Dallas community to implement effective disruption strategies from multiple vantage points. No matter your position, we all have a part to play in ensuring illicit massage businesses can’t thrive in our communities.

Toolkits

Our toolkits empower citizens, community leaders and anti-human trafficking task forces and coalitions with strategic resources and promising, field-tested disruption methods to defeat the Illicit Massage Industry (IMI) and provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive services to victims.

Law Enforcement Toolkit

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Service Providers Toolkit

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Citizen Advocates Toolkit

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Policy Toolkit

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Meet Some of Our Team

Danielle Mendheim

Director of Data and Analytics
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Emily Cullum

Director of Communications
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Robert Houston

Founder/Director of Law Enforcement & Government Partnerships
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Sam Gillis

U.S. Cities Initiative Program Manager
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