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

WHAS-11 TV: How you can help fight against human trafficking

WHAS-11 TV: How you can help fight against human trafficking

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — It’s your chance to play an active role in the fight against sex trafficking. TraffickCam is a simple app, you can download for free for your Apple or Android phone. It’s a twenty-first century attack at an age old industry. “We see human trafficking every single day in every community. So it’s not just in urban communities. It’s not just in rural communities. It’s in all communities. It’s in people’s neighborhoods,” explained Amy Nace-Degonda, one of three case workers with Catholic Charities who works closely with victims of human trafficking in the city. “People may feel, ‘this is a big issue,

Androidapps.com: An app for stopping crime – TraffickCam

Androidapps.com: An app for stopping crime – TraffickCam

We start to get used to that there are apps existing literally for everything. There are apps to do sports, to loose weight, for messaging your friends, for taking, editing and sharing photos. They are all undoubtedly useful, but you might didn’t know that some developers aimed for an even higher goal: to help the society work better by reducing the amount of crime. TraffickCam is a freshly launched smartphone app that invites its users to help the work of the police. Here it is how. Sex trafficking unfortunately is a booming industry. Adult women are the most common victims

PBS NOVA: How Artificial Intelligence Can Stop Sex Trafficking

PBS NOVA: How Artificial Intelligence Can Stop Sex Trafficking

Tracking Down Traffickers For Matt Osborne, finding exploited children typically starts with a walk on the beach, and it ends with hands cuffed behind his back. It’s almost always the same—Osborne and a few friends travel somewhere that’s known for sex tourism and walk along the beach or hang in area nightclubs, not to look for girls but to be seen themselves. A group of white American men is easy to spot in heavily-touristed resort towns in Asia, Central America, and South America, so it doesn’t take long to make a connection. “They approach us,” Osborne says. “At first, everything is

Futurity: Upload hotel photos to help fight sex trafficking

Futurity: Upload hotel photos to help fight sex trafficking

During the past decade, law enforcement agencies across the country have confronted the alarming trend of sex trafficking. The crimes often take place in hotel rooms, with perpetrators widely sharing photos of the victims online. Researchers are using science to fight back, developing a high-tech approach to combat the sex trafficking trade. With a nonprofit organization called the Exchange Initiative, researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science have designed a new, web-based application that helps fight sex trafficking by targeting the places where the crimes usually occur. “My lab works to create new ways of

Washington Post: An incredibly simple way your phone may help save sex trafficked children

Washington Post: An incredibly simple way your phone may help save sex trafficked children

by Colby Itkowitz Human traffickers commonly advertise children for sex using explicit pictures taken from inside hotel rooms. These photos are easy to find on the Internet. The challenge for law enforcement is figuring out where the photos were taken. That’s where the general public may now be able to help by taking pictures of their hotel rooms when traveling. The concept is simple. A hotel guest takes photos of the room from as many as four different angles and uploads them through an app. The photos, tagged with their specific location, are then added to a massive database of rooms that

Fast Company: You’ve Been Deputized: Help The Police Nab Sex Traffickers

Fast Company: You’ve Been Deputized: Help The Police Nab Sex Traffickers

By Ben Paynter The problem with Internet-based sex trafficking is that police can often see their victims being advertised but not actually locate them in the real world. Instead, they’re left with an image of person trapped in some anonymous hotel room. The result is both devastating and incredibly hard to track. TraffickCam, a free mobile app to fight sex trafficking, aims to nab more flesh peddlers and free captives by enlisting the public to make those hotel rooms more recognizable. Travelers just have to download the app and take a few pictures of where they’re staying after they check in—ideally