For some 27 million victims of modern-day slavery, there is one combatant leading the way in terms of prevention and protection: technology.

A recent panel featuring Google, CNN, HuffPost and others discussed ways big data is being used to target traffickers and affect changes in policy that fights modern-day slavery.

Google Giving and anti-trafficking nonprofit the Polaris Project spoke out on HuffPost Live about how they're using technology to fight the issue. The two groups are culling data of reported trafficking instances involving anyone from sex workers to witnesses to truckers to carnival workers. Google and Polaris are then mapping information, tagging it and looking for patterns they can use to inform law enforcement and affect policy change.

"Traffickers are very good at using technology to enslave women and to traffic children, but we need [technology] to empower the good guys on the front lines," Jaqueline Fuller, director of Google Giving -- which recently allocated $3 million to fight trafficking -- told HuffPost Live.

HuffPost Impact editor Jessica Prois pointed out other ways that -- while nonprofits press the government to do more to fight trafficking -- the business sector is using technology to fill in where it can. Banks, for example, are using resources such as digital fingerprints to stem trafficking as a business.

The value in these types of initiatives could lie in the fact that victims and bystanders might be more likely to report instances of trafficking to non-government organizations, Bradley Myles, executive director of the Polaris Project, pointed out during the segment.

"We're not the government and we're not law enforcement, so people generally give us very direct information about what they're experiencing," he said.

And it's these types of reports that CNN is working to document. Leif Coorlim, the editorial director of its trafficking series "Freedom Project," shared stories about using mapping and technology to pinpoint trafficking instances originating in web chartrooms between young girls and perpetrators.

Margaret Howard, a trafficking victim-turned-advocate, pointed out during the HuffPost Live segment that stories like these highlight the fact that trafficking spans both the labor and sex industries and prevention includes tackling slavery in supply chains as well as advocating for those are are kidnapped or sexually exploited.

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  • California

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, California is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Connecticut

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Connecticut is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Florida

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Florida is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Georgia

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Georgia is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Illinois

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Illinois is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Minnesota

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Minnesota is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Missouri

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Missouri is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • New York

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, New York is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Texas

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Texas is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Vermont

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Vermont is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

  • Washington

    The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, Washington is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.