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

Washington Univ Enginering: 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

Travel Pulse: Report Sheds Light on Exploitation Victims Within Hotel Sector

PHOTO: A housekeeping cart. (photo via Flickr/rickymontalvo) A new report from nonprofit organization Polaris shows that human trafficking and labor exploitation victims are being oppressed across dozens of different industries, including the hospitality sector. The report, titled “The Typology of Modern Slavery,” analyzed more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking and thousands of more cases of potential labor exploitation documented between December 2007 and December 2016 through calls and texts made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline. From there

KARE-TV Minneapolis: New phone app aims to help sex trafficking victims

KARE-TV Minneapolis: New phone app aims to help sex trafficking victims

MINNEAPOLIS – For years now, KARE 11 has been documenting the issue of sex trafficking. It’s usually the officers and the advocates who are working to rescue victims. But thanks to technology, the general public can help now too. “Citizens across the U.S. can take action by simply taking photos of their hotel rooms,” said Kimberly Ritter. She works for the company that developed the latest app called TraffickCam.

CNN Features TraffickCam: Your hotel room photos could help catch sex traffickers

CNN Features TraffickCam: Your hotel room photos could help catch sex traffickers

By Katy Scott, CNN (CNN) A young girl poses provocatively in a dark hotel room. For a set fee, any willing customer can pay to have sex with her. For investigators attempting to track down sex traffickers and their victims, these online advertisements can contain critical clues. The smallest of details in a room could give away its location, but there are too many ads for law enforcement to scan each of them for clues. That’s where TraffickCam comes in. It’s a simple phone app that uses crowdsourced snapshots of hotel rooms

Q & A with Kimberly Ritter, fighting human trafficking with a smartphone app

Q & A with Kimberly Ritter, fighting human trafficking with a smartphone app

Kimberly Ritter is the senior account manager specializing in large event planning at Nix Conference & Meeting Management in St. Louis. She also spearheads the company’s corporate social responsibility trafficking initiative. Ritter is the director for development for Exchange Initiative, a social action organization that Nix formed in 2013 to educate, empower and engage individuals and organizations to put an end to sex trafficking, a form of modern slavery that forces children and adults to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Along with other awards, Ritter received the FBI Director’s Community

Fightthenewdrug.org: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Everything You Need To Know & How To Fight It

Fightthenewdrug.org: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Everything You Need To Know & How To Fight It

Beginning in 2010 by presidential proclamation, January has been declared as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Throughout the month, organizations and government officials seek to shine a light on the issue of human trafficking in society. Just a few weeks ago, on Dec. 28, 2016, President Barack Obama released this year’s official statement on this important month. Released via the White House, he stated: From factories and brothels to farms and mines, millions of men, women, and children in the United States and around the world are exploited for their bodies and their labor. Whether through violence, deceit,

iDROPNEWS: Here’s How One Incredible App Allows You to Help Fight Human Trafficking By Uploading Photos of Hotel Rooms

iDROPNEWS: Here’s How One Incredible App Allows You to Help Fight Human Trafficking By Uploading Photos of Hotel Rooms

A social activism group is attempting to fight human trafficking by encouraging smartphone users to upload photos of hotel rooms to a national law enforcement database. Exchange Initiative, a St. Louis-based social action organization, is trying to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. The group issued a press release today outlining how travelers can help combat sex trafficking through the use of their TraffickCam app. Today, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and the month of January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Users of the app are encouraged to take

Travelers fight sex trafficking with TraffickCam during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January)

Travelers fight sex trafficking with TraffickCam during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January)

ST. LOUIS, MO – The social action organization Exchange Initiative is encouraging travelers to help fight sex trafficking during January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, by uploading hotel room photos to the free TraffickCam mobile app. Today, January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Photos uploaded with the TraffickCam app are anonymously added to a national database used by law enforcement and investigators to locate victims and their pimps. “Everyone who travels on vacation or business can make a real difference in the fight sex trafficking by using TraffickCam to

Inside the Research Video: Development of TraffickCam by Washington University in St. Louis

Inside the Research Video: Development of TraffickCam by Washington University in St. Louis