Do you want to help track down pimps and save young victims of sex trafficking?
Well, now there’s a free app for that.
It’s called TraffickCam (iOS) (Android), and it is targeted toward travelers who book hotel rooms. Its visionaries include three Maplewood conference planners and a 26-year-old computer programming sleuth from Washington University, whom they met by chance.
TraffickCam is intended to make the search for young trafficking victims strikingly faster for law enforcement. App users can snap photos of their hotel rooms before unpacking, then upload the photos to the app. The growing collection of photos feeds a national database that has a search tool enhanced by cutting-edge computer image analysis created by researchers at Washington U.