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SDSU Professor Honored as Hero By Anti-Human Trafficking Organization




(MENAFN Editorial) SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The at (SDSU) announced today that management information systems professor, Murray Jennex, and his former student, SDSU graduate, Jessica Whitney were honored as "mission heroes" by (STAT!) for "making a difference in the fight against human trafficking." The ceremony recognizing Jennex, Whitney and four other honorees was held on Friday, January 26 in San Diego.

Jennex and Whitney devised a "knowledge management system" which determined how traffickers were using a series of emojis as code in online classified ads posted in Backpage. For example, a cherry or a growing heart means that a trafficking victim may be underage. The research showed that emojis were used to make it more difficult for law enforcement to recognize trafficking ads as they look for key words in the text of the ads.

The research methodology has been shared with a number of law enforcement agencies including the district attorneys for the states of New York and Texas, as well as the district attorney's office in San Diego.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized by STAT! for our efforts in devising a system that recognizes and identifies the perpetrators of human trafficking," said Jennex. "It is gratifying to know that knowledge management system we employed was able to crack the code criminals were using to advertise their victims. Jessica and I look forward to continuing to share our findings with law enforcement organization as they work to combat the scourge of human trafficking on an international basis."

Knowledge management is defined as the gathering and systematic organization of data to determine vital information about an organization or subject matter. Jennex was recently named by as the world's most published researcher in field of knowledge management.

About the Fowler College of Business
With over 5,000 students, the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University is one of the largest business schools in the U.S. For over 60 years, the college has produced some of the most successful and influential business leaders in the world. For more information, visit .

About San Diego State University
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor's degrees in 95 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university's rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit .

Contact: Suzanne Finch
Public Affairs Officer
Fowler College of Business
(619) 594-0206

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