November 18 – How Technology is used to Recruit, Groom and Exploit Victims of Child Sex Trafficking


How Technology is used to Recruit, Groom and Exploit Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

November 18, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET 

he MECP and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month’s webinar entitled, “How Technology is used to Recruit, Groom and Exploit Victims of Child Sex Trafficking” with Maia Sciupac and Leah Treitman from Thorn, a nonprofit committed to driving innovative technology solutions to fight child sexual exploitation.

In 2012, Thorn, conducted a survey with child sex trafficking survivors, on the role technology played in their commercial sexual exploitation. Maia Sciupac and Leah Treitman will discuss the study and its findings. 

Presenters will:

  • Discuss the findings from the national survey of child sex trafficking survivors
  • Understand the role technology plays in recruitment, exploitation and the survivor’s escape
  • Learn how this data is utilized to combat human trafficking 


About the Presenters

Maia Sciupac

Program Manager, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Maia works as a Program Manager for Thorn, a nonprofit that powers innovative technology solutions to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She also serves as a human trafficking consultant for Fox Valley Technical College/Department of Justice. Prior to Thorn, Maia came from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she spearheaded the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Watch Program, a nationally recognized, award-winning 5-point strategy to combat modern-day slavery. While at H.E.A.T. Watch, she developed several initiatives, such as an annual billboard campaign, graphic novel series, community engagement app, radio show, online H.E.A.T. Watch toolkit, and a weekly, multidisciplinary SafetyNet Program to address the stabilization and needs of at risk and involved CSEC youth.

In 2010, Maia worked directly with survivors as a Client Services & Outreach Fellow for Polaris, a national NGO dedicated to combatting domestic human trafficking. She also started her own radio show about modern-day slavery, and interned for The SOLD Project to raise money for educational scholarships for children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in Thailand. Maia holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and is pursuing her M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Leah Treitman

Program Manager, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Leah Treitman is the Program Manager for Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. She works on many of Thorn’s programs, which are focused on using technology to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation. Thorn does this work by conducting research, developing tech tools, creating deterrence programs, and managing a technology task force that brainstorms and implements new solutions to this problem.