We are excited to announce that 92,846 TraffickCam apps have been downloaded in just over 4 months! The response from people across the US and the globe who want to do something to fight trafficking has been amazing! Together we are making a difference!
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
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
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
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
By Haje Jan Kamps In a world where the phrase “oh god, not another app” often springs to mind, along with “Yeah, yeah, I’m sure you want to make a world a better place” TraffickCam is a blast of icy-fresh air. TraffickCam is an app developed by the Exchange Initiative, an organization fighting back against sex trafficking. Most victims are recruited between the ages 12-14 — UNICEF The goal of the new app is to build a national database of photos of the insides of hotel rooms to help law enforcement match images posted by sex traffickers to locations, in an effort to map out
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
By Hemul Goel A vacation often leaves our phones full of pictures that have no meaning besides clogging our phone’s already-full memory. However, with TraffickCam, the pictures of your hotel room might be able to help save the life of a victim of sex trafficking. With traffickers posting pictures of their victims in hotel rooms for online advertisements, TraffickCam helps law enforcement track the identity of the hotel the picture has been posted from. All you have to do is download the app–available for iPhone, iPad and Android–and upload four pictures of your hotel room and its number. The internet has only
Just snapping a photo of your hotel room the next time you go on vacation could help save a trafficking victim. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing crime, and victims who are exploited for sex aren’t just getting victimized in unsuspecting homes and closed off backrooms. Hotels are optimal spots for traffickers to exploit their victims because they can pay for the rooms in cash and change locations on a nightly basis without being detected. From 2007 to last year, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Polaris’s BeFree texting
A new app named TraffickCam is attempting to fight human trafficking with crowdsourced photos of hotel rooms. TraffickCam asks its users to take four photos of the insides of hotel rooms they’re staying in. The goal is to create a national database that will help authorities to identify where images posted online by sex traffickers were taken. We look at the effort to combat human trafficking on the Lip News with Jo Ankier, Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.