According to the FBI, there were over 8.6 million property crime incidents in the USA in 2013. Stolen property is typically targeted for resale to a ‘fence’. Traditional fences such as pawn shops have given way to more modern fences:
- e-commerce and auction sites such as eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba
- free classifieds sites such as Craigslist, Backpage
- an overseas purchaser privately arranged and shipped by sea container
Harmari addresses this problem by archiving content and ensuring that property crime investigators can get to evidence before it disappears from the Internet.
Online classifieds have come under fire in the media as facilitating prostitution through the “escort” services and the “adult” sections. Even though Craigslist took down their adult section from their website, this activity still is rampant on the Internet. Some high profile child-prostitution and Human Trafficking cases have arisen and online classifieds has helped to facilitate it. One of the more prominent sites which contains adult services is Backpage. Use the Harmari Search for Backpage to search Backpage ads by age range, phone number, name, or any keywords and search multiple cities, states, provinces.