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Are you aware of what is going on in your city online?

Human traffickers target your city for customers to trade their human goods
The Darknet and online Forums contains content that reveals illegal activities related to your city.

Are you aware of these online crime signals?
We are continuously monitoring the Internet to detect human trafficking and other criminal activities targeting your city.

We harvest and structure the data into actionable intelligence and make these datasets available to (local) governments and cities.

Dataset: Human Trafficking

The internet facilitates communications of your citizens, trading and trafficking of goods from – towards – and within your city.

Human traffickers also use the power of the Internet to connect with their markets. The human trafficking dataset with hundreds of thousands sex advertisements, will get you insights, alerts and an automated Risk analyses that enables you to detect and resolve illegal-, horrific situations for (mainly) young women in your city.

Use case: Prostitution in the Netherlands

Customers: The municipalities of Groningen and Rotterdam and the Dutch National Government.

Enforcing Dutch prostitution regulations and detecting human trafficking situations has been a priority for Dutch cities and Dutch National Government for many years. An important trend in the last decade is that the Dutch prostitution market is moving from physical locations in the cities to online market places. As an effect, traditional observation and regulation methods are no longer sufficient and law enforcment and regulators need to find new ways of getting grip on this phenomenon.

Until 2017, the online information position of the National Police and local governments, depended on a very labor intensive manual process. Because of the growing volume and the dynamics of the online data on sex advertisement sites and forums, it proved to be impossible to get a complete and accurate view on what was actually happening online.

In close co-operation with two major Dutch cities, Web-IQ introduced a data-driven approach to build a solid and topical intelligence position on Dutch online prostitution.


Web-IQ collects and structures data from 25 different sex advertisement sites and related fora. We support the daily operation of regulators by providing the data (both near real-time as the archive) via a faceted search engine, including insights and alerting based on automated risk analyses.
The positive result: this delivered improved insight in what is happening online regarding prostitution, related to a specific country or city and a more efficient and effective enforcement process where the focus has shifted to the important, high-impact cases on trafficking and minority and has led to an increase in arrests.

  • 260,338 ads
  • 31,315 phone numbers
  • 1,181,596 images

One of the nominees came out on top according to the jury: the company Web-IQ. The jury was particularly moved by the fact that the company more or less coincidentally encountered criminal activities on the internet and subsequently decided to step up and use the available knowledge and experience to counter it. At the same time, money still had to be earned with Web-IQ’s primary business activities. The – absolutely defensible – self-interest of a company has been made subordinate to a greater good: the societal interest. Thanks to Web-IQ’s technical resources, developed specially for this, police and municipalities have been able to detect victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution and free them from terrible situations.


Jury report Gonsalves award, presented by minister Grapperhaus on November 13th at the High Council in Th

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