On the Dot Woman: CARRIE GOLDBERG: SHE’S OUR ONLINE HEROINE

On the Dot Woman: CARRIE GOLDBERG: SHE’S OUR ONLINE HEROINE

March 1, 2017 FIRST THOUGHT:Fighting for Women’s Cyber Civil Rights We’re going to talk about a difficult subject today: women’s privacy in the age of the internet. Time and again, leaked celebrity photos and videos make national news. But this is not something that only happens to the rich and famous. Right now, girls and women in your neighborhood, town and state are subject to this kind of harassing invasion of privacy. When one woman experiences this kind of trauma, it’s up to us all to fight back. We dedicate today’s On The Dot to the conscientious people who are

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

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

Global Sisters Report: Q & A with Kimberly Ritter, fighting human trafficking with a smartphone app

Global Sisters Report: 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