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

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

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

Here Are the 10 Hottest Travel Stories of 2016

Here Are the 10 Hottest Travel Stories of 2016

2016 was such a great year for travel. Memories were made, places were discovered, and stories are shared. Here are 10 of the most popular, the ones that made the headlines, the ones that you loved. These are the stories that show why we all love travel so much. It turns out that traveling makes us far happier than any material wealth ever does – who can argue with science? According to this short report by Bright Side, “going to various kinds of unusual events, going on trips, learning new skills, even extreme sport —

bucketorange: Smart Ways To Holiday Responsibly And Help Fight Human Trafficking –

bucketorange: Smart Ways To Holiday Responsibly And Help Fight Human Trafficking –

  The chocolate you ate last night, the tea you drink every day, your new running shoes. Where did they come from? The answer to all these questions relates to an issue that affects almost every country in the world. It’s an issue that concerns 46-million people worldwide. Former President, Barack Obama, has said on the subject: It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it

New app helps hotel guests fight human trafficking

New app helps hotel guests fight human trafficking

otels and travelers can help in the fight against sex trafficking by using a new, free mobile app called TraffickCam to anonymously photograph hotel rooms and upload data to a national database used by law enforcement and investigators to locate victims and their pimps. TraffickCam was developed by the social action organization Exchange Initiative and researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. The app is available for iPhone and iPad at the App Store and for Android devices at Google Play. TraffickCam allows any traveler with a smartphone to help fight sex trafficking by uploading photos

Taking Action On Modern Slavery In Hotels

Taking Action On Modern Slavery In Hotels

Modern slavery isn’t something that springs to mind when most people think of hotels. But sometimes it takes a trigger to inspire action. My efforts to fight modern slavery were first sparked after hearing about the horrific experiences of child trafficking five years ago at the Trust Women Conference, an annual event committed to finding real solutions to empower women and to fight slavery worldwide. As the Head of Sustainability of Shiva Hotels – a hotel group which manages several major London hotels – I focused on looking at the