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.
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,
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.
By Rachel Sudduth Local creators are working towards a way to stop sex trafficking, with a new app called Traffick Cam. Creators of the app say local residents have the opportunity to help stop sex traffickers. KMOV.com Molly Hackett, one of the creators, a conference planner out of Maplewood, says she got the idea for the app because her job position allows her to work in various hotel rooms. Traffick Cam allows app users to upload photos of hotel rooms that may have been used in trafficking cases. It’s an easier way for law enforcement to identify suspects and hopefully
“You just enter your hotel room, and your room number. You take four pictures, and you submit them to the website,” Washington University Researcher and TraffickCam developer Abby Stylianou said. “And then those become part of the pipeline that law enforcement can use to track down where the victims are being trafficked.” Stylianou was among the speakers at a Human