Press Release

LexisNexis Introduces the Human Trafficking Awareness Index

Content analysis from the Nexis database to support anti-human trafficking campaigners.

LONDON, 13 June 2012 – LexisNexis UK (, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today introduced the Human Trafficking Awareness Index (HTA Index). The Index uses the respected Nexis® service to track and analyze the volume of news articles related to human trafficking. It is hoped that the service will provide a valuable tool for campaigners looking to raise awareness of human trafficking on an ongoing basis.

Using a licensed collection of almost 6,000 of the most influential news sources from more than 120 countries, the HTA Index highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. Activists working to combat human trafficking can use this information to highlight and raise awareness to inform their efforts and gain greater understanding of the news.

Judy Vezmar, LexisNexis International Chief Executive, said: “Human trafficking is a despicable and unjust exploitation of vulnerable people and is a direct consequence of the absence of the rule of law. We hope that this tool will support campaigners in their continuing fight against trafficking.”

Human trafficking is an escalating crime across the world and is now considered as lucrative as drugs smuggling and arms dealing. According to the Human Trafficking Foundation, there are more people in slavery today than in the entire 350-year history of the slave trade in the U.K. LexisNexis have historically supported organizations such as the Somaly Mam Foundation and AEFSIP and publishes the Human Trafficking Handbook, the definitive legal guide to preventing trafficking.

As well as releasing the Index, LexisNexis have also produced easy to read infographics and a report analysing awareness levels since 2010 to help activists to understand how they can use the service. The HTA Index will be published on a monthly basis, free to access, and available on the Nexis website

About LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis Legal & Professional ( is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. Part of Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves customers in more than 100 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide.

In the UK, LexisNexis ( online legal solutions include: Lexis®PSL, Lexis®Check and Lexis®Library – named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards. Published resources include both Butterworths® and Tolley™. LexisNexis provides the most comprehensive source of legal and tax commentary in the UK.

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