TraffickCam phone app could help police locate hotel rooms used for sex trafficking
"This is an easy way for citizens to take a stand against sex trafficking by simply taking photos," say its creators
A young girl poses provocatively in a dark hotel room. For a set fee, any willing customer can pay to have sex with her.
For investigators attempting to track down sex traffickers and their victims, these online advertisements can contain critical clues.
The smallest of details in a room could give away its location, but there are too many ads for law enforcement to scan each of them for clues.
That’s where TraffickCam comes in. It’s a simple phone app that uses crowdsourced snapshots of hotel rooms to help law enforcement locate victims and prosecute sex traffickers.
Any travelers pit stopping at a hotel can turn on their phone’s GPS location and upload photos of the room from four different angles to TraffickCam’s database.
The idea is that law enforcement agencies can then check adverts featuring suspected trafficking victims in hotel rooms against TraffickCam’s database of photos.