A good idea

The author of the following letter sent this to me and I decided to post this on my blog because I think it’s an excellent idea:

To Whom it May Concern:

This is an idea I have for finding women and children who are believed to have been kidnapped and sold into the human trafficking / sex slave market of third world and other countries, including this one.

My name is Anna Maria. I am a 29-year-old woman. I am a born United States Citizen, and I currently live in Altamonte Springs, Florida. As a concerned US citizen, my heart goes out to the many families who have loved ones that have been kidnapped and are believed to have been sold into the human trafficking / sex slave markets, and I am writing out of a sincere desire to help.

I believe it may be possible to locate these victims by using the internet (particularly, search engine optimization) to specifically target potential, current, or past customers of the people holding these victims captive with information about each individual victim and each family’s individual search. This may be done by building separate websites providing full information on each victim individually, but optimizing the websites as if they were the same type of sex/adult friend finder/escort service/brothel/etc website that these customers would be searching for.

The websites would need to be optimized for any, and all, search terms that these customers would type into Google, or any search engine, in order to find the websites that provide these services in the locations they are looking for. The websites should be optimized and built in each of the likely languages that would be used when searching. For example: if it is possible that a victim may be held in a place where people may speak Spanish, English, as well as Portuguese, and if the potential customers would be persons who speak one or all of these languages, then that victim’s websites should be completely optimized in all three languages, for all of the differing search terms that someone would type in their own language.

In order to entice the potential customers to ‘click,’ the websites need to have URLs appropriate for what these customers would be looking for—example: http://www.best-brothels-in-south-america.com, or http://www.gorgeous-escorts-for-your-vacation.com, or http://www.exotic-girls-of-ecuador.net, etc.

The websites should also contain pictures of what the victim may look like now, with as many variations as possible in hair style and color, in facial expression, and in clothing, accessories, and makeup. Pictures or drawings of every single distinctive feature, such as tattoos, body piercings, and birth marks should appear as well. I believe that pictures speak louder, and faster, than words, and while full descriptions are important and should be provided, pictures and quick, easy-to-read bold statements must be prominent. This is especially important when considering that these customers would likely stumble onto these websites, and only remain for a matter of seconds or minutes.

I am a small business owner who has found search engine optimization to be key in targeting my own potential customers. I learned much of what I know about search engine optimization from another small business friend of mine, and from, believe it or not, Search Engine Optimization for Dummies by Peter Kent. It took me a year to finally digest the information and use it effectively, but once I learned to do this correctly, it has been very successful.

I know a lot about building websites, and search engine optimization, however, I am not a specialist. There are definitely people who are experts at web development and search engine optimization, however, not all web developers know how to optimize a website for search engines. If each individual family of these victims is able to employ a specialist in search engine optimization, I strongly encourage them to do so in order to best build, and optimize the sort of website I have mentioned in this letter. If they are not able to employ a specialist, and if they want to try to tackle this on their own, I encourage them to read Search Engine Optimization for Dummies, and any other search engine optimization book out on the market today for help and ideas.

This is a complicated process—especially for persons who are not used to thinking in terms of web development and optimizing pages for key words, but if the right people are targeted with the right keywords and phrases, the persons who actually have contact with the victims of kidnapping and human trafficking would very likely stumble onto these pages.

Usually, families of missing persons only build webpages that are targeted at the regular, law abiding, concerned US citizen—example: http://www.amybradley.net. This is a great site for providing information to people who know Amy Bradley, or for anyone who may have seen the Dr. Phil special which aired a few years ago and might be interested in reading up on her situation, but this website will in no way reach the people who could actually do anything about it! This site is not in any way optimized for reaching the would-be customers of various brothels in third world countries. Those customers are not going to type “Amy Bradley” or “Find Amy Bradley” into http://www.Google.com. They are going to type search phrases in their own languages that will help them to find the type of brothel or escort service they are looking for in their location, and whatever it is they type into Google, it will definitely NOT be “Find Amy Bradley.”

If possible, please forward this information to any families who have loved ones that have been kidnapped and lost to this industry.

Thank you very much, and best wishes to the grieving families of these victims.

Anna Maria

© Anna Maria 2009 | This letter is posted here with permission by the author. For permission to write about this idea, or to reproduce this letter in part, or in full, please write for permission to Anna Maria here.

8 thoughts on “A good idea

  1. Jennie {in Wonderland} November 8, 2009 / 6:08 pm

    I would love to hear your thoughts on the Amy Bradley case. I have heard so many odd things about it {such as her family withholding sightings and claims that Amy is alive and safe and doesn’t want contact with her family}. I’d really like to hear what you’ve come across in your research. The case really baffles me — not to mention it’s supposed connections with Natalee Holloway.

    • Birgitta November 9, 2009 / 12:22 am

      Amy´s case is very interesting, I truly believe it´s an typical human trafficking case even thru it was not spoken of human trafficking when she was kidnapped.
      There is no way I´m going to believe that she´s safe and well and don´t want to come home, if she is alive she´s hold captive and probably brainwashed.
      It´s first now that human trafficking cases of women and also men and children are getting any real attention, that people truly believe that these kind of things happen.

  2. Birgitta November 8, 2009 / 10:08 pm

    Great idea, but how will you choose the cases? Many runaways are taken from the streets and forced into the sex industry, but it´s an great idea anyway.

  3. Michael November 12, 2009 / 1:56 am

    Amy fell off the cruise ship.

    • Birgitta November 12, 2009 / 9:07 am

      How can you know that MIchael? I doud that you have any proofs of that, it´s a lots more likely that she is a victim of human trafficking, there where found pornographic images of a woman who is belived to be Amy.

  4. Ruth November 17, 2009 / 12:09 am

    Why would this info be copyrited?

    • Meaghan November 17, 2009 / 5:33 pm

      Because it’s the author’s own original work.

      Technically speaking, anything a person writes is copyrighted — even a grocery list. Putting up the copyright symbol isn’t required; it’s just a reminder to people not to go around passing it out without attribution.

  5. Melanie February 12, 2011 / 4:45 am

    I think this is a great idea! Ive been wanting to search out and find tons on Amy’s case and even in the cases of Natalee Holloway and Madeleine Mccann. I would so help with anything you need to help if you were to ever do this! I love to research and investigate and try my hardest to get down to the details to find the truth and most of all I love to help and want these families at ease and their loved ones safe again. It breaks my heart to not be able to do much, so if you ever do smething like this PLEASE contact me, Id love to do something!

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