30 Jun '16, 8am

New App Helps Combat Human Trafficking in Hotels

New App Helps Combat Human Trafficking in Hotels

The next time you snap pics on vacation, consider stopping to take a picture of the hotel room you’re crashing in: It could save a human trafficking victim. A new app, TraffickCam , is compiling a database of hotel room photos to detect patterns in carpeting, furniture, room accessories and window views to catch traffickers using hotels as their venue. A 2015 report from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center shows that hotels/motels had the second highest number of cases for sex trafficking, behind commercial brothels, making up 7.4 percent of all cases. Hotels and motels are an attractive option for sex traffickers because they can pay for the rooms in cash and leave whenever they please, often changing locations on a nightly basis without notice. Traffickers sometimes upload pictures of their victims and use them as promotion, knowing the chances that authoritie...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/06/new-app-helps-combat-...

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