Police Technology: For Counter Sex Trafficking Cases

Being a police officer is an incredibly challenging and demanding profession. It involves more than just upholding the law; it requires individuals to navigate complex ethical dilemmas and make split-second decisions that can have life-altering consequences. The difficult job of a police officer requires not only physical and mental fortitude but also a commitment to the values of justice, fairness, and compassion in the face of adversity. But if you are reading this you likely already know that because you experience it every day.

We understand that as an officer you are asked to enforce countless different laws and your time and resources are valuable and sometimes scarce. We exist to help alleviate some of the pressure on you to stop human trafficking.

Guardian Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and disrupt the sex trafficking of women and children in the United States. In 2022, Project 1591® was launched to scale the nation-wide support to law enforcement with the intent of saving you time researching and identifying potential victims.

Law Enforcement Tool

Project 1591® is the first-ever 24/7 crowdsourcing process and platform that harnesses the power of skilled volunteers to help illuminate victims of sex trafficking in the United States to law enforcement. Each Publicly Available Information Report (PAIR) developed through this process is individually vetted by a Guardian Group analyst and then delivered to active law enforcement partners via a state-wide distribution email list. This is all free of charge, saving you valuable money for other areas it may be needed.

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With much of the sex trafficking problem existing online, the technological evidence associated can be valuable to your case. However, there is not a lot of free or inexpensive police technology that makes finding this information simple. The PAIR reports developed through this process contain the identified individual and valuable account information that can be used by you to identify force, fraud, or coercion if sex trafficking is occurring. Essentially, we are a law enforcement tool you can use for free to do the research work associated with sex trafficking in your jurisdiction. We package up what we find in a way that you can easily recreate it and subpoena the remaining information that you need before taking action.

Our department has been partnering with Guardian Group for several years. The partnership has severely reduced the manhours required to identify, locate, and rescue victims of human trafficking. The new Project 1591® process streamlines the leads provided by Guardian Group and securely delivers them to ensure sensitive information is not compromised. The leads provided by Guardian Group and the Project 1591® process have made significant improvements in our investigation into human trafficking, the rescuing of victims and the apprehension of human trafficking offenders.” – Georgia Police Department

Lead Distribution Platform

After signing up and a validation of credentials, you will begin to receive state specific email alerts containing a name, age, and location with a hyperlink to the secure password protected PAIR as they are developed and delivered through Project 1591®. Think of this as a lead distribution platform that comes direct to your email.

As you know the number of escort ads posted online every day is overwhelming. Hidden among these are ads for children and we understand that going through these ads every day alongside everything else you are being asked to do is impossible. Let us do that work for you.

It is our goal to have at least 1 active law enforcement partner in each city represented on an escort ad site. Sign up for your state distribution list and let us assist your active approach to counter sex trafficking today!

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Not law enforcement?

If you have made it this far and are not law enforcement, you can help expand our reach by sending this post to any active officers that you know. By connecting this police officer resource to more officers across the nation an increased number of victims will be offered a path to freedom. You can also join this mission by volunteering with Project 1591. Anyone can make a lifesaving impact on a victim’s life today.