From the sublime and educational to the provocative and salacious, I am often amazed at the information and materials that can be found on the Internet.

Within minutes, discussion group members offered information and support, called human-trafficking hotlines and the Russian embassy in Washington, offered places for the women to stay, researched the travel agency and the lounge where the women were promised work, and volunteered to meet them at the bus depot.

According to later news reports, one member of the discussion group did meet the women at the bus depot upon their arrival in New York and convinced them not to meet the “exchange program” contact.

Another type of trafficking effort starts with an online employment search and results in an unsuspecting victim relocating from her home on the promise of an unbelievably good job.

After the victim has joined the offender, various techniques are used to restrict the victim’s access to communication with home, such as imposing physical punishment unless the victim complies with the trafficker’s demands and making threats of harm and even death to the victim and her family.

Take, for example, a Florida case in which a trafficker posted online ads offering commercial sex services by victims who were minors.

Law enforcement investigators collected 28 Internet ads and a Garmin GPS seized from one of the trafficker’s vehicles.

These efforts included (1) a lawsuit by the Chicago Cook County sheriff alleging that missing children, runaways, abused women, and women trafficked from foreign countries were routinely forced to have sex with strangers because they were being “pimped” on Craigslist and (2) a hearing on domestic minor sex trafficking before the U. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Ultimately, Craigslist announced closure of its Adult Services section in the United States, and later expanded the announcement to worldwide closure of its Adult Services section.

It goes without saying that such a massive mobilization of non–law enforcement and nonmilitary personnel in numerous locations in such a short interval to assist and protect these two traveling women would have been impossible without the Internet.