3 Ways to Fight Human Trafficking on Your Phone
Hi friends! We know that the topic of human trafficking can be extremely overwhelming, and sometimes it is hard to believe that you could make an impact on such a huge issue. So this week, we wanted to talk about a few practical ways you can join us in the fight against sex trafficking right from your phone.
TraffickCam enables you to help combat sex trafficking by uploading photos of the hotel rooms you stay in when you travel.
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.
The TraffickCamapp is free in the app store, and you can download it here.
There’s a good chance that you’ve checked some of your social media profiles a few times already today. Social Media has become a massive platform for traffickers to manipulate and exploit younger individuals (generally between 14-16 years old) who are too naive to understand what is happening.
All of the popular platforms have features where you can report inappropriate/suspicious activity. These companies have teams to investigate those incidents. This means that you reporting something could ultimately mean freedom for someone else. Snapchat works closely with Thorn, an organization that provides technical innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children. You can learn more about their work here.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.
Individuals are encouraged to reach out to this hotline if there is any suspicion that something may be going on. More information on the National Human Trafficking Hotline can be found here.
With somewhere around 30 million people in slavery today, this can feel like such a daunting issue, but its little steps like these that you & I can take to join the fight to end human trafficking!