Want to be part of a Human Rights movement in helping stop one of the most harrowing and deplorable crimes in the world? What if I told you that you can help whenever you check-in or visit hotel rooms simply by taking pictures of the actual rooms and uploading it to an app called TraffickCam? Yes, helping combat a global epidemic can be that easy!
According to one of our favorite non-profit organizations called “The Exodus Road” (that actively combats Human Trafficking through covert operations):
“Taking pictures of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking. Created in 2015 by the Exchange Initiative, the TraffickCam app has become a great resource for law enforcement utilizing image location technology. The goal is to help develop a national database of hotel rooms for law enforcement to match with images posted by sex traffickers, but also to help locate victims and the people who are trafficking them. Features such as patterns in the carpeting, furniture, room accessories and window views can be analyzed, and according to the app’s creators, testing shows that the app is 85 percent accurate in identifying the correct hotel in the top 20 matches. With 75% of underage sex trafficking victims saying they had been advertised or sold online this program is helping locate and free future victims (Exchange Initiative 2017) and a great way for travelers to help fight modern slavery.”
According to Stop the Traffik, the following stats are possibly and tragically underestimated due to the hidden nature of human trafficking:
“*People trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organised crime.
*600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year.
*Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.
*1.2 million children are trafficked every year
*At least 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide.
*There are even reports that some trafficking groups are switching their cargo from drugs to human beings, in a search of high profits at lower risk.”