Responses are routed to an experienced nonprofit employee or volunteer.
“It’s really accelerated our ability to reach people,” says Amanda Hightower, executive director of nonprofit Real Escape from the Sex Trade, or REST.
Seattle Against Slavery is also distributing a second service developed by Project Intercept, called Victim Reachout.
It harvests phone numbers from real online sex ads, and automatically sends messages to sex workers offering support or assistance getting out of the trade.
Research in Phoenix has shown that on average a single online sex ad attracts 63 potential buyers.