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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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Illicit Massage Industry

Assessing the Potential Impact of COVID-19 on the IMI

We assess the COVID-19 crisis will severely impact illicit massage business (IMB) operations in the short-to-medium term, particularly in states which ordered the closure of non-essential businesses. The potential long-term effects on the illicit massage industry (IMI) remain unclear given uncertainty surrounding the longevity and intensity...

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Case Study

Seattle, WA – IMI Case Study

On February 28, 2019, after a three-year investigation, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) raided eleven massage parlors, arresting five owners/operators, and freeing 26 victim workers. The takedown focused on the Chinatown-International district, Beacon Hill and Sodo. Six people were charged with varying counts of promoting prostitution and...

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

U.S. Cities Initiative

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

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 Mendhein

Director of Data and Analytics
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Elizabeth Ranade Janis

Director of U.S .Cities Initiative
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Emily Cullum

Director of Communications
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Michael Limiero

Software Engineer
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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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