As an Investigator, I often have to search for references to a certain telephone number. A few years ago, these searches started to involve looking for a possible prostitution involvement. This is a search for which I frequently get requests.
Doing this isn’t rocket science, so here is my current list of sites. Of course, I have devised a way of automating the search process and I’m not going to tell you how I do that. Just remember, you must document your search method and the results properly if this is could end-up as evidence.
Censorship: You be the Judge
Google Ad-sense sent an automated notice that their machines were going to stop serving ads because I listed the sites that we often search for telephone numbers as explained above. Of course machines can’t read, but they can find links. Now Google is censoring content because they don’t like to place ads on anything that has links to sites that they don’t like, in this case so-called ‘adult content’. I can understand not wanting to be involved in promoting pornography or the sex trade, but this is only a machine telling me what to write and there is nobody to talk to and no living person at Google ever read this article.