You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking With This App

Nancy Messieh 11-08-2016

While much of it may be dedicated to cat videos and trolling, there is no doubting the internet’s positive DancingMan, And 4 More Times The Internet Was a Positive Force The Internet can be a mean place, full of trolls and scamsters. But just like real life, for all the bad, there's a lot of good out there. Read More  and collective 7 Google Crowdsourcing Projects That Help Us Today We are collecting a lot of data for Google under the umbrella of "crowdsourcing projects" -- and they are surprisingly very helpful. Do these crowdsourcing services make your life better? Read More power. TraffickCam takes all of these elements and puts it toward an important cause: using the power of crowdsourcing to fight human trafficking.


So how does it work? Accessible on the go with iOS and Android apps or through its website, TraffickCam is calling on travelers to upload photos of your hotel rooms. Whenever you travel, by taking up to four photos of the room you’re staying in, you are contributing to a database that will help in the prosecution of human traffickers.


Here’s how TraffickCam explains it:

Traffickers regularly post photographs of their victims posed in hotel rooms for online advertisements. These photographs are evidence that can be used to find and prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes. In order to use these photos, however, investigators must be able to determine where the photos were taken.

The purpose of TraffickCam is to create a database of hotel room images that an investigator can efficiently search, in order to find other images that were taken in the same location as an image that is part of an investigation.

When submitting your photos, whether on the web or through the apps, you have to provide your location. This is necessary in order for TraffickCam to verify that the photos taken are authentic. This also means that you will have to upload the photos from the location, rather than after the fact when you get home.

What do you think of TraffickCam? Let us know in the comments. 


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  1. Anonymous
    August 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Much as I like this idea, I think it is important to understand that hotels may require as part of the agreement of staying there that no pictures be taken inside the hotel.

    Probably wouldn't survive competition but a valid possibility nonetheless.