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A common question about victim workers posed by those unfamiliar with the Illicit Massage Industry (IMI) is “Why don’t they just leave?” When answering this question, it is essential to understand the layers and forms of force, fraud and coercion used by IMI traffickers, including appropriate cultural contexts, and the extent to which victim workers are often dependent on others after arrival in the U.S., increasing their vulnerability to trafficking networks.

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Research and analysis is where we interpret, synthesize, and validate information–it’s where actionable intelligence is born. Our reports discuss a range of topics, including deeper dives into trafficker’s business operations, strategic opportunities for disruption, and suggestions for addressing key intelligence gaps. All of our research currently focuses on one type of trafficking–the US illicit massage industry.