Nix Conference & Meeting Management of St. Louis honored for work fighting sex trafficking

Nix Conference & Meeting Management of St. Louis honored for work fighting sex trafficking

October 17, 2017    LOUIS, MO – Nix Conference & Meeting Management of St. Louis was honored this month by ECPAT-USA as a Top Member of The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Named for the third year in a row, Nix is among just 21 companies in the U.S. to receive this designation “for their exceptional work to integrate child protection practices into their businesses in 2016.”   For the past five years, Nix has led the charge among meeting planners worldwide to help end sex trafficking in hotels.  Nix staff members inform all

WBBJ-TV: United Way volunteers use technology to combat human trafficking

 Amber Hughes JACKSON, Tenn. — The United Way of West Tennessee is lending a helping hand to authorities in the fight against human trafficking. Hotel rooms across the country are being used as safe havens for human traffickers and their victims. One snap at a time, volunteers are using their phones to help in the cause to fight human trafficking.

Volunteers teach AI to spot slavery sites from satellite images

Volunteers teach AI to spot slavery sites from satellite images

Volunteers teach AI to spot slavery sites from satellite images By Matt Reynolds Online volunteers are helping to track slavery from space. A new crowdsourcing project aims to identify South Asian brick kilns – frequently the site of forced labour – in satellite images. This data will then be used to train machine learning algorithms to automatically recognise brick kilns in satellite imagery. If computers can pinpoint the location of possible slavery sites, then the coordinates could be passed to local non-governmental organisations to investigate, says Kevin Bales, who is leading

What can you do about the human trafficking crisis?

What can you do about the human trafficking crisis? July 30, 2017 by Cathy Doud   Today, July 30, is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. But what is Human Trafficking and why should you care? And what can you do, personally, to help? Human trafficking is considered to be modern day slavery. There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of trafficking. While most human trafficking in the U.S. occurs in

3 Ways Technology is Fighting Trafficking

3 Ways Technology is Fighting Trafficking

3 WAYS TECHNOLOGY IS FIGHTING TRAFFICKING  August 25, 2017  OURrescue O.U.R. is grateful for all of the organizations and community members that are fighting to end human trafficking. Lately, there have been some amazing breakthroughs in technology that are helping to rescue children from trafficking situations. It is always fascinating to see how people use their talents to come up with new ways to combat this issue. Everyone has their own talents and circles of influence that they can use for good. 1. The TraffickCam App First created in 2015 by

WSBT22: Berrien County Hotels Join Fight Against Human Trafficking

WSBT22: Berrien County Hotels Join Fight Against Human Trafficking

by Veronica Ortega, WSBT 22 Reporter BERRIEN COUNTY — More than 30 hotels in Berrien County are joining the fight against human trafficking. They’re taking part in a nationwide program. Hotel owners are hoping to send a clear message to human traffickers– they are not welcome in Berrien County. The Southwestern Michigan Human Trafficking task force is the first group in the county to get an entire county involved in the project. By downloading the free app ‘Traffickcam’ you can help. These hotels are already doing their part by photographing their rooms with the

Uniglobe: Our Favorite Travel Apps

posted 2017-07-03 We’ll admit that we love a personal touch when it comes to travel (it is what sets UTD apart), but that definitely doesn’t mean that we don’t also embrace technology! We’re always interested in the newest tech that’s designed to make travel even simpler, especially the ever-evolving catalogue of apps. Here are a few of our favorites:   WiFi Magic There are more than a few WiFi finders on the market. For going to public businesses in larger cities there’s WiFi Magic. Think of this as a community that shares WiFi passwords. This

The Herald-Palladium: Sex trafficking happens here too, FBI agent says

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:00 am By LOUISE WREGE – HP Staff Writer BENTON TOWNSHIP — Sex trafficking happens everywhere, FBI special agent Timothy Simon told more than 50 people Wednesday at Southwest Michigan ALPACT’s forum on Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Child Exploitation and the Common Clues. “I run into law enforcement contacts all the time who say, ‘It doesn’t happen here. We’re in west Michigan. This is somehow some better place where this doesn’t happen,’” he said. But, he said that’s not the case. “It happens in our back

Washington Univ Engineering: Students Find Opportunities for learning & giving back around St. Louis

Washington Univ Engineering: Students Find Opportunities for learning & giving back around St. Louis

Beyond the ‘Bubble’ Photo by Whitney Curtis. Written by Beth Miller  While most students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science come from outside of the St. Louis area, becoming a part of the community through student groups, class projects, field trips and personal interests is high on their priority lists. Here we highlight several Engineering students, from undergraduate to doctoral students, who are using what they are learning in the Engineering classrooms and laboratories to make their marks in St. Louis. These experiences have not only benefited the people, organizations and businesses

Forbes: Human Trafficking Is In Plain Sight. Are You Supporting It Without Knowing?

Forbes: Human Trafficking Is In Plain Sight. Are You Supporting It Without Knowing?

Human trafficking is a growing epidemic. In addition to the estimated 21.3 million refugees around the world, there are also an estimated 45.8 million people who are currently being trafficked or enslaved. But enslavement is not what we in America often think it is. Those suffering unthinkable psychological, physical and social trauma are part of a global problem that we, as Americans, see, touch and support every day without knowing it. “The general public does not have a real awareness of the magnitude of the problem,” says Barry Koch, a former assistant