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An academic Spin-off goes after sex traffickers

An academic Spin-off goes after sex traffickers
Friday, 7 July 2017

There are academic spin-offs that are able to make lots of money or create jobs, but some spin-offs are just trying to make the world a better place. Marinus Analytics [1], a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University, is focusing on how to find children that have disappeared into sex trafficking rings [2].

Marinus Analytics has developed several different tools including a new one that helps law enforcement agencies compare images of missing children with images of children in sex ads. The tool that makes this possible is called FaceSearch, and is being considered a game-change. This tool grew of out of a student thesis and has been developed into a project that is able to help make the world safer [2].

FaceSearch mines the deep web, harnessing large data sets and breaking them down to identify patterns in order to find missing persons [3]. This tool is able to search and compare any documents that have been uploaded from a computer [4]. With new spin-offs such as this one, we can see how university knowledge and innovation can bring good to the world.