These chatbots posed as sex workers online and connected with people who responded to a fake ad online. The bots ultimately delivered a message of deterrence to the people who wanted to purchase sex, as well as buying more than 2 million Google ads warning people about the risks of buying sex online.
It is said that this has led to a 50% decline in online searches for keywords such as “teen escort”. According to Robert Beiser, former executive director at Seattle Against Slavery, he was quoted as saying, “In a fairly short length of time we were able to reach hundreds of thousands of people who had searched for common terms. In Seattle, we were able to impact the marketplace pretty dramatically.”
While we’re not sure if this would actually permanently disrupt the sex trafficking industry, at the very least it might have put a slight pause on it and maybe made some potential customers rethink their decisions.